For 15 long years I lived next to a rundown rent house in East Fort Worth and clashed with a steady flow of irresponsible neighbors who owned dogs but didn’t take care of them.
One neighbor kept a dog on a short chain tied to the cyclone fence that separated our backyards. For 24/7 that half-mad dog lay on hard, hot concrete without so much as a blanket. The mutt couldn’t stray more than a few feet, and he barked at anything that moved and many things that didn’t. He snarled when I tossed him a pillow one day, but he quickly settled in on it and rarely left it afterward.
Other neighbors left dogs in cages with little food or water or allowed unchecked numbers of litters, with puppies then escaping and roaming the neighborhood.
Some people have the IQ of a gnat when it comes to getting pets spayed and neutered or even providing basic care.
Members of Fort Worth Spay and Neuter Every Pet (SANE Pets) are encouraging folks to show up at 7 p.m. at tonight’s City Council meeting at City Hall, sign a card at the desk outside the chambers, and then have a seat to show support.
SANE Pets is asking the City of Fort Worth to enact an ordinance that would:
1. Require pets to be spayed and neutered to lower the unwanted pet population and the costs associated with dealing with unwanted pet population.
2. Discourage irresponsible breeding of pets.
3. Require those who do not wish spay and neuter their pets to pay a fee to defray the costs incurred by the City in dealing with unwanted pets.