COLLARED: A dog is surrendered to council officers after an attack on a neighbour’s dog.
COLLARED: A dog is surrendered to council officers after an attack on a neighbour’s dog. Warren Lynam

LETTER OF THE DAY: People problem not a dog problem

READER COMMENT: DOGS are an integral part of society, always have been, always will be.

They live in a variety of relationships with humans and vice versa. Every individual in these relationships needs to recognise the intricacy of the human-canine connection.

The need for education/supervision in dealing with our canine companions, particularly around small children.

The need for de-sexing - un-desexed dogs stray and are likely to be more aggressive. The need for socialisation - isolated dogs can exhibit fear, uncertainty and hostility.

Being left alone for long periods of time leads to boredom and visitors to their "territory" are seen as a threat.

Dogs should be included in the functioning of the family unit. Those that don't are prone to unfriendliness and misbehaviour.

They need to be exercised, depending on their size they require ample room, and kept in a healthy environment.

Nor is it advisable to keep them chained/tethered for hours for security purposes. In view of recent tragic events, let's not be a nation divided, but focus on responsible pet ownership/education for the betterment of the community.

Every day, dogs are destroyed in Australia through no fault of their own.

We don't have an animal problem, but a people problem.

ANNELIES CRAIG

Nambour


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