To the Editor:
On July 4, 2017, my neighbor’s Pit Bull dog attacked my cat Booker on my front porch. I heard the attack and saw the dog. Booker managed to escape unharmed.
I believe this same Pit Bull attacked my elderly eleven year old cat Hootie, a year prior, on May 5, 2016. Hootie’s leg was broken at that time and he required long, difficult and expensive treatment.
A few months after Hootie’s recovery, I believe the Pit Bull attacked him a second time. Hootie’s leg was re-broken so badly that it couldn’t be reset.
For over a year the Pit Bull regularly escaped from his yard and ran loose in my neighborhood. He came into my yard and chased my terrified cats and ate their food.
Whenever I saw the dog in my yard I called the City of New Boston and asked that Animal Control be sent to return the dog to his home. I called for assistance between 25 and 30 times. On some days the Pit Bull escaped his yard multiple times.
Three separate neighbors approached me regarding the Pit Bull. They were concerned that they would encounter the dog in their yards. Children on bicycles were frightened and chased along our street. A second elderly neighborhood cat suffered injuries consistent with a dog attack and died.
I talked with the Pit Bull’s owners six or seven times about my concerns. I bought them an outdoor dog chain. Some mutual friends of ours made repairs to their yard fence at no charge. The dog continued to get out and run loose.
After the second attack on Hootie, I began calling for a New Boston police officer when the dog got out. Eventually an officer was successful in helping the Pit Bull’s owners get the dog under control I did not see the dog for months thereafter.
Then came the July 2017 attack. My now-frail cat Hootie was so frightened by the dog’s return that he hid under my house and refused to eat, come indoors, or come to me. He died two weeks later.
Throughout my experience with the Pit Bull, I was disappointed in the response of the City of New Boston. It seemed that little was done to protect me, my home, or my property. My rights, as a citizen of New Boston, to safety, privacy, and security, and the rights of my three neighbors were not, I felt, well-addressed.
The Pit Bull’s owners moved out of my neighborhood last year and I heard that they sold the dog. Last month these neighbors moved back into their old home. They have the Pit Bull with them. The dog has gotten out and run into my yard at least once. I was outside and able to protect my pets when I saw him.
That is why I am writing this letter. I cannot go through the heartbreak of having my animals die again. I would like to offer them for adoption. I have beautiful Persian mixes, a tiny calico, a Maine coon cat, and a sokoke tabby. They are spayed and neutered and vaccinated. I would be grateful if good-hearted community members could call me at 903-628-2855 to talk about free adoption.
Jane Morris, New Boston