Talking Point, October 24, 2012

THE Esperance community proved it was big-hearted in the face of animals in distress last week when two kittens were rescued from Esperance Courthouse on Wednesday by Esperance Volunteer Fire and Rescue Services and local animal foster-carer Sue Mayfield.

The shire rangers services also work hard to rehouse abandoned animals and Esperance Dog Club dog training sessions are currently well-subscribed.

When animals are unable to help humans, in any financial sense, it reflects well on our society that animal welfare is a priority.

Unfortunately a few individuals continue to neglect their responsibilities as pet owners however, and the issue of dog attacks continues in our community.

October was declared Community Safety Month in an effort to educate the community and ensure Esperance remains a safe place for pets and their owners alike.

A community forum to discuss ideas and a lunch to share information with the public are planned and it is hoped they will make a difference, but will they?

The few individuals who do not prioritise training their dogs put their animals, other peoples’ animals and members of the public at risk, with seemingly little concern.

The issue of walking a dog off-lead may not sound like a big deal but to the victim of an attack, be that another animal or a person, the trauma of such an incident can remain with you for life. 

It is unfair that a few selfish people can inflict such harm on others and, as a society, we must do everything we can to prevent it.

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