Letter to the Editor

Julie Youngblood: Cassville resident's sister supports dog leash law

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Dear Editor:

I read the article concerning the city council meeting where my sister, Tracy Youngblood, addressed the need for leash laws in Cassville.

Tracy spoke of the pit bull attack that led to the death of her little dog, Molly, and then attacked our sister, Shelley.

Councilwoman Cindy Carr, the owner of the pit bull, is clearly unwilling to take true responsibility for her pit bull's vicious attack. If Tracy had been walking alone, Carr's dog could have easily killed her. Carr stated that her dog "does great with other dogs," but admitted previously that her pit bull was "getting into it" with another dog in the neighborhood. I find this ironic.

Mrs. Carr, Tracy used great discretion not to vilify you for what I consider unconscionable neglect. My sisters were traumatized by this experience. Those memories will not easily fade.

Sadly, it's just a matter of time before something like this happens again. You are in an honored position to serve this city, so for goodness sake, do your job.

I'm stunned that you wouldn't vote for a leash law for Cassville in spite of your role in this terrible situation. This is incredibly foolish and disturbing.

A lawsuit against the city will greatly outweigh cost of implementing a leash law. If you're unwilling to help create change for a safer city, it would be prudent of you to relinquish your position on the council.

Let someone else step up who will care more about the city's well being than your own.

Julie Youngblood

Springfield

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