Letters to the editor - 24.10.13

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dog fouling

Disgusted at owners

Sir - Once again the subject of dog fouling has been brought up.

I am a dog owner and am disgusted at dog owners who don’t pick up their dog’s dirt. It will be the same owner,the same dog, the same place and at the same time when this is happening.

The dog wardens need to adjust their times of duty accordingly to suit and capture those responsible. They know the areas. What about the fouling by horses and cats? There are large piles of horses’ dung on the public foot path round the Forfar loch. Who cleans that up? Also cats do what they want, when they want and where they want. Who is responsible for cleaning their mess?

I know there is no legislation regarding horses and cats but fouling is fouling and the owners should be responsible for cleaning this up. House cats are trained to use a litter tray. The owners of outdoor cats should train their cats to toilet in their own gardens rather than foul other people’s gardens and children’s play areas. All cats should be collared for identification and be subject to the same anti fouling legislation as dogs. Give the dogs a break. There are no bad dogs. Only their owners.

Yours etc., name and address supplied (via email).

rescued huskies

Help us find Kirrie youth

Sir - I’m wondering if you can help me find a Kirrie youth, who helped rescue our huskies?

Last week, we had friends visiting and one of them underestimated the speed and tenacity of our three huskies, which resulted in the dogs getting free. Huskies have such strong instincts that lead them to forget everything and quite literally head for the hills as soon as they are loose. They have zero respect for cars and as a result, their road-sense is non-existent, so you can imagine how worried we were when we saw them head straight for the centre of Kirrie. Here’s a brief summary of the events, which followed their escape and led to their return:

The huskies escaped from Sunnyside in Kirrie with my son and friend in hot persuit but they were just too fast. I phoned my partner, who’s a policeman and was at work and he notified the control room. I messaged Liquorice Tattoo in Kirriemuir because I know the staff and know they have a wide following on Facebook, in the Angus area. Now for a series of amazing coincidences.

My partner rang me to say Katy Colvin who owns the tattoo parlour had two of the dogs at her house and Juliet, also from the tattooist’s, messaged me on Facebook to say she had the other dog in the shop! Katy’s house and the tattoo parlour are across town from each other and none of the dogs have been to either place before. It turns out that a youth had tried to round the dogs up (all by himself) because he has three Malamutes of his own and he knew the dangers of them being loose, especially in Kirrie High Street and Bellies Brae. His quick-thinking and resourcefulness (he asked the staff and customers of Liquorice for their belts, to use as leads), saved our dogs’ lives. We really want to thank this young lad, but we don’t know how to find him. Young people get such a bad rap these days but there are so many great kids out there and this young guy is a perfect example of all that is right with the youth of Angus.

Can you help us find him and thank him, together with the staff at Liquorice?

Yours etc. Judith Langlands-Scott (via email).

splendid sum

Vital to carry on

Sir - We, the Kirriemuir & District Macmillan Support Group, have pleasure in announcing that our coffee morning brought in the splendid sum of £2,354.

Our sincere thanks go to those who came and spent so freely. The certainty of twin doctors, both specialising in cancer treatment, who talked on T.V. last week, that they are on the verge of a cure is very encouraging making it vital to carry on fund raising and we will.

Yours etc.,Mrs Margaret Robertson,

Chairman.