Thursday, July 27, 2006

THE ROOT DOWN AMONG THE MOST DANGEROUS BLOGS IN AMERICA

Yeah, that's right. Because it delivers the truth. Uncut. Raw. All fastballs and no funny stuff. Straight no chaser.

The government has tried to shut me down for consecutive weeks now. They will not win. They've deemed the shakeface "brutally obscene" and the content as "unprecedently dangerous." They will not get me. I have a job to do. Sometimes I have to play the role as the Oprahatic watchdog reluctantly.

On July 10th, The Root Down delivered some rather striking comments about Yellow dog owners.

http://therootdown.blogspot.com/2006/07/worst-dog-owners-in-state-of-texas-are.html

In it, I wrote of how dog owners in the Yellow, simply, are the most neglectful and irresponsible in the state of Texas. I've never witnessed such horrible and tragic dog ownership in my life. And it's on every block. It's like an epidemic.

Well, turns out a few weeks later, there's been a rash of maulings in the area lately with one involving two pits devouring a old schnauzer. Another incident involved a man who fended off two dogs with his running lawnmower. Well, thanks to the stupidity of Yellow's dog owners, the city has imposed new regulations requiring all dogs to be on leashes when not contained by a fence. Kinda like this:



A dog contained in his yard.

From the Yellow Globe News:

The recent incidents of pit bulls attacking and killing other animals has ignited a firestorm of controversy, pro and con, concerning the regulation of the breed in Amarillo. The city announced in a news release that there was another attack Friday in the Caprock High School area that resulted in the death of another animal, making it the third such attack this week. "We don't understand what's happening, but we've had far too many animal on animal attacks recently," said Shannon Barlow, assistant director of the Animal Control department for the city of Amarillo. "The incident today (Friday) involved three animals, all of which were unrestrained and running loose. The owners of the pit bulls were found and they were cited."

The latest incident Friday, in the 2900 block of South Fairfield Street, involved a schnauzer, Oscar, who belonged to Jo Quisenberry. "Oscar was 14 years old and just the sweetest, most gentle dog," Quisenberry said. "He belonged to my late husband, Gene, who died three years ago. My dog got out and was in the alley on Apache Street, one block over. It was my fault. I'm not bitter at the master of the pit bulls, but something needs to be done."

Animal Control has been inundated with calls calling for something to be done about the perceived pit bull problem in the city, Barlow said.

An attack on a woman's dog on Julian Boulevard Monday resulted in eight citations for the dogs' owner after the dogs escaped their backyard and allegedly attacked and killed the woman's dog.
All of the citations were Class C misdemeanors, punishable by a maximum fine of up to $500, Barlow said.

The city ordinance requires that an animal must be restrained and confined on the premises of the owner. An animal is deemed restrained if it is within a fenced enclosure capable of confining the animal; fastened or picketed by a lead, rope or chain; on a leash; within a vehicle being driven or parked; or at heel and obedient to oral command.

"If the citations aren't paid in the allotted 12 days, an arrest warrant will be issued," Barlow said. "We are trying to make the citizens of Amarillo aware of the safety issues. Owners need to be able to control animals at all times. The problem with a voice command is that when a dog attacks another dog a voice command doesn't always work."

Barlow also stated that city officials are looking into ways to strengthen existing dangerous animal laws.

Dangerous dogs fall under provisions of state law as well as city ordinance. The Texas Health and Safety Code defines a dangerous dog as one which, in a place other than a dog's enclosure, makes an unprovoked attack that causes bodily injury or causes a reasonable person to believe the dog will attack.

In addition to the normal requirements for dog ownership, the owner or harborer of a dangerous dog must register the dog as a dangerous dog, restrain the dog at all times on a leash or in a secure enclosure and obtain liability insurance of at least $100,000.

Animal Control is working to enforce existing laws and the Animal Control Board will look at strengthening the dangerous dog ordinance and other animal ordinances at its next meeting in September, Barlow said.

You read it here first, folks. They wanna hold us down, but they just can't. The truth has a particularly stubborn habit of finding its way out. Lock your dogs up or the lawman's gonna come for you. It's either that or they're gonna be crapping their teeth after I deal them a crippling roundhouse to the honker.

Speaking of the Roundhouse, in early exhibition action, the beloved Roundhouse Chuckheads got their tails whooped by California Auto Sales. New league, new teams, new result. Pretty much wiped the memory of our undefeated season away, but it's probably for the better. Now we just go out and do our thing. What's impressive is that the city went all the way to California to find a team to beat us.
Looks like Scott's Flowers made the leap up in leagues as well. I think we got the pansies first week of regular season action.
Alright, gotta get to work. Everyone have a great Friday and weekend.

6 comments:

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keep preachin!

TX said...

I was disappointed that I couldn't make the trip with the team. I was out fighting the bad guys when the heli showed up. I'll make it for the next game.

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