Protecting our dogs
TO THE EDITOR: Dogs belong inside our homes, except when exercised outdoors under our supervision. They shouldn’t be tethered or penned up outdoors for lengthy time periods.
When kept outdoors, New York law requires dogs be adequately sheltered. The law specifically requires the shelter have a waterproof roof; be structurally sound with insulation appropriate to local climatic conditions and sufficient to protect the dogs from inclement weather; be constructed to allow each dog adequate freedom of movement to make normal postural adjustments, including the ability to stand up, turn around and lie down with limbs outstretched; and allow for effective removal of excretions, other waste material, dirt and trash.
The memorandum in support of this legislation noted that complaints about inadequate dog shelters are among the most frequent that are made to police and to humane societies.
“Stories of dogs that die frozen to the ground, from extreme heat, or from other complications, due to exposure to the elements, continue to appear,” the memo said. This legislation was designed to permit police and other cruelty investigators to better protect “man’s best friend.”
Sadly, however, all too often patrol deputies drive by dogs with inadequate or no shelter, taking no corrective actions. I hope the Clinton County sheriff will remind the department of the sheltering law and the need for strict enforcement.
And, because police officers can’t observe all sheltering-law violations, it is important anyone knowledgeable of specific violations call local humane societies, police or sheriff’s department. Call 911 if the dog is in imminent danger.
Animal Rights advocates of Upstate New YorkPublic Education CommitteeCanandaigua
TO THE EDITOR: Over the past three to four years, Congressman Bill Owens, you have endorsed a few letters about my initiative to establish a State Veterans Cemetery in Northern New York.
Have you received any written response from the governor or any state official in reference to this matter?
In my opinion, Northern New York veterans are perceived as “dregs” by the state political entourage. Otherwise, there would be a Veterans Cemetery central to the five counties.
Why has there been no response from the governor, Assembly speaker, Sen. Schumer or others? I believe Northern New York veterans are at the bottom of the state priority list.
I applaud Ann Wilhart, owner of historic property on Cumberland Head, Plattsburgh, for offering 35 acres of her property as a state veterans cemetery. She has been coordinating with Sen Betty Little.
She has requested the property undergo a geological survey, at no cost to her, to determine its suitability as a burial site. This process is free, from the Veterans Administration, upon request from the state. By the time one can convince the governor to approve such a request, the time sequence will be very lengthy. No burial will take place in our lifetime.
Rhetoric is cheap with lack of certainty. Tangible actions speak louder than words.
Ask the governor to coordinate with his Bureau of Land Management to find a dormant piece of state property, central to the five counties, for designation as a veterans cemetery.
Northern New York veterans and their families are still present, waiting and quickly losing hope.
Thank you so much for your continued support, Congressman Owens.
ROBERT R. ST. MAUR
Chief master sergeant, USAF (ret)
Honored to serve
TO THE EDITOR: I appreciate the opportunity to say thank you to the voters of the Town of Essex for allowing me to work as their supervisor for the past four years.
It has been a true honor to serve the public.
During my time as town supervisor, some of my accomplishments include personal goals such as:
- Successfully administering a $12 million waste-water treatment plant on time and under budget.
- Facing a retaining wall along Lake Champlain with stone, an 8-year-old incomplete project
- Securing funding for a water project mandated by New York State Department of Health.
In addition, I have served all of the public with fair and equitable practices, provided full-disclosure and open-door policies, held elected officials and town employees accountable for their actions and led by example.
I have learned from my mistakes and honed in on my strengths, and for all of my work and accomplishments I remain proud.
The work is as challenging as it is rewarding, and I wish my successor much luck.
Thank you again for your support, and a Happy New Year to all.