Rebuttal to July 10 letter

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July 29, 2013
By: Joan E. Chartier
Joan E. Chartier

I have read the July 10 etter to the editor from Ms. Theresa Baker. I am the next door neighbor with the "aggressive" dog. Any person reading her letter and/or concerned by her allegations, should know a complete history of the situation, starting in 2001. In that year, Ms Baker and her husband already had several dogs and cats over the Minneapolis three (3) total limit.

They were forced by the city to obtain a multi animal permit. Such a permit allows them to own eight (8) dogs and four (4) cats on their 40-foot city lot. That situation was brought to the city's attention by me.

Ms. Baker and her husband were unhappy with my action. They obtained the multi animal permit, and bred Pit Bulls on their 40 foot city lot, for several years. They now breed French Bulldogs.  However, the city does not count puppies in its eight (8) dog total.

Ms. Baker and her husband have called Animal Control on dogs I've owned in the past, and three (3) times this spring. This spring their calls pertained to my, at the time, seven month old, 25 LB mixed breed rescue puppy. None of the calls to Animal Control have ever resulted in any sanction or reprimand by Animal Control. In fact, regarding the hole in the privacy fence issue, the animal control officer looked at the 2 inch by 4 inch hole in the fence at ground level, and said, "There's a chain link fence abutting your wooden privacy fence," and I said yes there is. He then said, "I'm closing this complaint out as unfounded." It was not clear to either of us why Ms. Baker may have been sticking her fingers through two (2) fences at ground level.

The Animal Control field Manager and I have had several conversations about these unfounded complaints, which I perceive as harassment. The officer said that while they must investigate complaints, following up on unfounded complaints is a waste of their time, as well as taxpayer money. However, he empathized with me.

Every story has two sides. Given the verifiable facts in my letter, I would hope Ms. Baker will direct her time and attention elsewhere in the future, or present a complete story with uncontrovertable facts. 

Joan E. Chartier
Fulton