AR-News: (US) Cat's escape raises exotic pet issues
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Sat Aug 23 09:17:20 EDT 2003
[opinion from Mansfield News Journal]
A mountain lion escaped from its yard this week and seriously injured a dog.
Neighbors need some kind of protection on the books and enforced against
potentially dangerous pets.
Charles Cox in rural Crawford Crawford apparently has the right to own a
full-grown mountain lion.
But his neighbors also have the right not to have to worry about that same
180-pound cat coming onto their property and threatening their lives, the
lives of the children, the lives of their pets and anything else.
Those rights clashed this week when Cox's big cat, Thunder, apparently
snapped his collar and roamed around the Whetstone Township area.
There is no law prohibiting Cox from owning this big mountain lion. But
there must be laws to protect his neighbors and their property.
We urge the sheriff's department and other authorities to find a way to
enforce such laws. If there are no such laws, we urge quick consideration
of them by township trustees, county commissioners and state lawmakers.
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