Mayor Kicks Off AKC Dog Event
It wasn't the typical ribbon cutting ceremony when the community gathered together in a grassy field on the south east corner of Owosso, Michigan on Saturday, September 28, 2013.
Madison Godley, 14, and Mayor, Benjamin Frederick (pictured above), worked together, cutting a red leash to symbolize the recent tragedy of a pup shedding her innocent blood in the city of Owosso. When Madison’s puppy, Bella was brutally attacked and killed by two other dogs, (who were unleashed) just a block from her home, the owners were merely ticketed and told to keep their dog on a leash for ten days. Madison is hoping now for a brighter future for this community, dogs, and their owners.
“I don’t want others to go through what I did with Bella,” she explained, nearly in tears. “Bella wasn’t just my dog. She was my best friend.”
Mayor Ben Frederick gave a special speech of apology to Madison and her family on behalf of the entire City Council. “I commend you for being a responsible pet owner and doing what you did with Bella,” he said. “I can’t even imagine what you must be going through.” He emphasized that the owners of the other two dogs were being pursued for prosecution on at least two accounts and assured the community that this was being taken seriously. “We are doing everything we can so things like this don’t happen. One of our council members was even attacked by a dog recently, so we’re aware of the problem.” He suggested that we as a community work together by helping one another when a dog is loose or someone is in danger to intervene and “gently correct” when possible so this does not happen and so we can raise more awareness about the leash law.
The leash law in Owosso states that all dogs must be leashed unless they are on the owner’s property or in a dog park.
“The problem with that,” says Lisa Freeman, an AKC Dog Trainer, who hosted the AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Event, “is dogs are actually more possessive, aggressive and territorial on their own property. If the dog is just let to run free and isn’t properly trained or restrained these unnecessary tragedies will keep occurring.”
Many dog owners in the community came out to support the family and event. The grand finale was a big balloon launch in the sky. The event was sponsored by Brian Reed owner of Marr's Furniture and Premier Rental. For more information log onto www.DogsPawsForHealing.com , email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 989-729-2124.