LETTER: Dogs, cats must be restrained

I live in the Angle Lake Manor neighborhood in SeaTac. One of my pet peeves (other than the owners not picking up their dog’s poop; remember: dogs don’t have hands) is pet owners who blatantly ignore leash laws that, apparently, apply to everyone but themselves.

I have witnessed several dog owners, a few who live in Angle Lake Manor, walking their dogs off lead. When confronted, I hear myriad excuses ranging from “This is a private neighborhood, so city leash laws don’t apply to me” or “but he’s walking with me” and “but we don’t live here.” I always stand gaping at these remarks.

Cat owners can also be ticketed for allowing their cats to trespass uninvited in yards that aren’t the owner’s and for using neighbors’ yards as their bathrooms, so please keep your cats inside.

If I were a dog, I’d be picketing for equal rights; granted, cats won’t attack you as a dog might, but they do use ‘hood garden beds as bathrooms (this “Kitty Roca,” which dogs enjoy eating, is a decidedly unpleasant load to find when digging in one’s garden), fight each other in the wee hours of the morning, kill birds in backyard sanctuaries and get flattened by cars.

How is that responsible pet ownership? And please, no caterwauling about “cats need to be outside!” Well, train them to walk on a leash, have a safe outdoor area in YOUR yard, or keep them safely inside and occupied according to how cats like to be entertained.

Nancy Jerominski

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