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From Tina O’Neil

By Staff | Mar 3, 2010

Many people of New Martinsville invest a great deal of time, hard work, and money in their property. There is something very satisfying about taking pride in the look of your home and your landscape. This adds to the beauty and cleanliness of your neighborhood. When animals deface your property, it creates a problem. Everyone knows what it’s like to be working in your yard and come across an animal’s “business.” It’s okay every once in a while. You clean it up and you shrug it off. But when it happens on a daily basis, it becomes a nuisance. Nobody should have to put up with that.

This is not the fault of a “trusting” pet. All blame rests on the pet’s owner. There is a very simple solution to this problem if you are a “beloved” pet owner. Be responsible for your “fun-loving frisky felines.” Ask yourself if you feel that your neighbor should have to clean up after your pets and deal with that smell on a daily basis. Have some basic respect and consideration.

Are cats a problem in New Martinsville? Obviously and absolutely. Should the city get involved? They wouldn’t have to if a few cat owners would be responsible. Then again, it seems like too many people want to depend on the government these days instead of being responsible for themselves.

In conclusion, if you’re a pet owner, the ultimate responsibility falls on you. Your pet does not have the right to trespass on your neighbor’s property. Please be responsible.

Tina O’Neil

Fifth Street

New Martinsville