In today’s AdVantage News, dated July 3-4, 2015, I was absolutely dumbfounded to read about the animal control decision made by the Alton City Council to eliminate this “department” and I’m assuming, Steve Bosaw, along with it, who has knocked himself out covering an area alone that usually has a minimum of two Animal Control employees.
Steve Bosaw has literally been doing the work of two or more employees, not one, but two, and this is how this town says “thank you for job well done” is to eliminate his job? It is virtually an impossible task to perform this job as it should be with only one animal control officer, but Steve has done an excellent job under the circumstances since the other animal control officer was released involuntarily quite some time ago.
You can commission someone to paint a mural on a wall that you think people will come to look at, but don’t, or put up a statue of a jazz musician you think people will come and see, and probably won’t, but you can’t afford animal control? Just how many people do you see flocking around the statue of the tallest man? I can’t even remember his name! I’ve seen two people in 10 years — two! If they don’t go to view a statue of General George Patton from World War II, they won’t come to see these two efforts in futility.
Alton is literally inundated with pit bulls! This is “pit bull heaven” and if anyone knows anything about this breed of dog, it is considered by most knowledgeable people to be an extremely dangerous animal. The only ones that do not accept the threat created by these particular dogs are the owners. They simply refuse to admit they have a living, eating and breathing walking time bomb because that is one of the main reasons these dogs are so dangerous – they are totally unpredictable and have been known to attack and have killed many, both humans and other animals, without any apparent provocation. No one knows what sets them off. I am in the legal field and have seen, talked with, taken pictures of, victims of these dogs where you could not believe their injuries, they are so horrendous. It is difficult enough to see a maimed adult, but a child?
These dogs will run loose, because in my own neighborhood it has wall-to-wall pit bulls in practically every corner that get out and run until they are caught and put back inside or behind a fence. Fact: Most of these dogs in this town have never seen a vet, much less received their annual rabies, parvo, etc., shots that is a requirement for a responsible dog owner, no matter the breed, nor have the owners ever paid their annual fee to Madison County and town of Alton to register or even own a dog here, cats being exempt for some reason, something I had never even heard of, much less was a victim of, until moving here 10 years ago.
Sure, all dogs can bite, but not like this breed. They have approximately 1,500 PSI jaw strength when biting and they do not let go. They are other dog aggressive! This alone is a threat to humans and other animals. Rabies and parvo is virtually lethal to another dog unless caught quickly so the infected animal can be treated — if not, with parvo even their bodily eliminations remain toxic in/on the ground for an extremely long time. Imagine if this exists today with animal control being active, but understaffed, imagine what it will be without animal control at all. Citizens have the right to protect themselves, property and family from feral animals, diseased animals and dangerous animals, any way they can. I predict animals will disappear, be poisoned, shot or otherwise eliminated completely because that is the only solution when an area is infested with uncontrolled and loose running animals of any kind.
This hasn’t even addressed concerning the feral cat population that also runs rampant here. For your information two cats, boy and girl, can produce 80,000 more cats all by themselves because of their mating and breeding habits. This doesn’t even include the areas that are overrun by groundhogs from lax and lazy, non-caring, property owners that can’t be found and do not maintain their vacant properties so it becomes infested by groundhogs who live in those vacant houses and breed other groundhogs, who digs under your house, garage, porch, deck, or anywhere they can find to nest; then there’s the raccoons that tear up garbage cans, invade a home, even under the roof, and destroy the inside without compunction. Animal control tries to provide traps so these animals can be caught, by lending those traps to citizens but they don’t have enough to go around so your only option is to try to “do them in” yourself by any means at hand: poison, shooting, etc. You are forced into it because there are two options — death or destruction — their death or the destruction of your property: your choice, your decision.
There must be other places where cuts can be made without putting the safety of the residents of Alton up front and vulnerable. How about the decision makers taking a cut in salary or benefits? Just remember, there is a very strong side effect to this decision if the mayor and others go through it, and that is the real possibility of tons of lawsuits against this town and all politicians involved. How many similar to the one recently “settled” does Alton think it can handle? If you cannot pay animal control, just how do you plan on handling wall-to-wall lawsuits if anyone suffers an injury because of this decision? This decision makes you a target with a bull’s-eye dead center! Think about it. It is what it is.