Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 08:36:26 -0400
Subject: RE: Pit-bull and Terrier murders
After reading Mary Millard’s story about Animal Control’s response to her call for help in dispatching two aggressive and possibly rabid dogs in which she was encouraged to handle the problem herself because they didn’t have available personnel, I suspected lack of funding. So I did a little research and learned that the Animal Services Division is a function of the Chatham County Public Health Department which is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and is therefore funded by taxpayer dollars.
According to the Annual Report to the North Carolina Medical Society presented by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Division of Public Health in October, 2013:
“North Carolinaâ€™s overall 2012 health ranking is 33rd in the nation, up from 35th in 2011 according to the Americaâ€™s Health Rankings, 2012. This national health ranking authority identifies areas of challenge for North Carolina as low per capita public health funding, high prevalence of diabetes, high infant mortality rates and high prevalence of low birth weight.”
Another source, americashealthrankings.org stated that North Carolina ranks 41 in Public Health Funding.
My conclusion is this – the majority of local voters are in favor of shrinking government and this is one of many consequences. It would appear that our choices are to reverse this trend or go get a gun.
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 08:23:32 -0400
From: “Mary Millard”
So sad to hear what happened to the Llamas. I had an incident about 8 years ago when living just north of PBO when 2 foaming at the mouth dogs showed up in my driveway and seemed aggressive. I brought my dog and cat in quickly and called animal control. I was asked did I not have a firearm I could kill them with as there was only one guy and he was busy. I was appalled at this response. Animal control is supposed to respond and either collect or dispatch strays and I have heard many complaints that they simply do not respond. The county management needs to either get more personnel or do something to get a responsive leader in the position. Good luck with them.
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 08:18:39 -0400
From: Lisa Mayhew
Subject: Regarding dog attacks, livestock and animal control
Regarding dog attacks, livestock and animal control: On average, NC has one death per year attributed to a dog for ages 17 and under. Yes ‘pit’ type dogs account for a percentage but german shepherds, huskies, mastiffs, saint bernards, rotties, and mutts have accounted for the rest. If it has teeth it can bite.I was attacked as a child by a golden retriever so I know first hand. Bite stats aren’t necessarily accurate because so many go unreported, but many household breeds top the list of biters. I don’t care if it’s YOUR dog and you believe it wouldn’t hurt a fly, children are squeaky noise makers to dogs, agitators of dogs and they smell funny to dogs. Aggression isn’t necessarily always the reason behind an incident, as it could be curiosity or hunger that drives the actions of the animal. I’m always hesitant to blame the dog as often there is a lack of supervision on the human’s part, making their actions contributory.
If you have livestock, protect it.
Regarding animal control, I recall a number of years ago having to shoot a questionable raccoon for a neighbor and no one would come collect it for testing. So my question would be if they aren’t testing the potentials, how do we know what our true rabies rate is? Their response: bury it.
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 08:07:54 -0400 (GMT-04:00)
From: Denise Dunn
Subject: Food Drive – CORA – Goldston/Bear Creek Area
CORA FOOD DRIVE – on Saturday August 2 we will be having a Food Drive for CORA. Combined with our monthly Community Yard Sale/Flea Market, this month we will be using the space rent as a donation to CORA – $5.00 per space or a bag of food! The date for our Yard/Sale Flea Market this month is August 2 – 7:00 a.m. – 11:00…we set up in front of Calico Quilt Antiques, Goldston NC on Bellevue Street, you can have as much room as you want, bring your own tables, we would love yard sale items, flea market items, overflow garden vegetables, anything but no live animals! For more information call 919-548-3458! Please share this with all of your friends -
NOTE: The most important part of this event is the Food Drive we invite you to donate even if you don’t set up or shop, please bring a bag of food….Calico Quilt will be open August 1 if you would like to drop off donations early.
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 07:45:47 -0400
From: “Dianne Birch”
Subject: getting involved
There are many ways to get more involved in our community. ChathamConnecting.org has information about volunteer opportunities and donation needs for 96 agencies serving Chatham residents. Lots of interesting work is happening in Chatham!document.getElementById("post-16934-blankimage").onload();
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:57:53 -0700
From: stephanie talbott
Subject: llama vs. pit bull update
Update on my post yesterday about the llama massacre and response from animal control;
First, thank you for many responses of care and concern I received, and let me clarify that I am a neighbor of the owner of the llamas. I have passed on your thoughts and sympathy to the owner.
I will try to relay updated information, as I am not in the county today to see developments first hand; Animal Control did show today to obtain information and a picture of the dog taken by cell phone camera as well as the photos of the deceased llama. They immediately began a search of the surrounding area and homeowners with picture in hand to try to locate the dog. The dog and owner were located, a citation/warning had been served and they have been fined. The dog is not classified as “dangerous”. This issue now falls into a civil case.
The llama owner feels very satisfied with Animal control, specifically Ms Garrard and Officer Pepper, and he specifically requested on his behalf to “commend animal control for their efforts today”.
I hope I have communicated accurately to relay facts and alert others.
We thank our fellow chatlisters for your wonderful messages and support today, and of course Gene for helping us connect on all matters, large and small.
Chatham liberals Voller, Graybeal and Starkweather utilize damaging tactics that hurt their candidates
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:19:55 -0400
From: Heather Johnson
Subject: Randy, Graybeal and Starkweather
Every election cycle in Chatham that I can remember the public is graced with a letter from Randy Voller making an appeal to us to be civil and respectful during election season. I received the email below that was sent from John Graybeal (I’m sure I was not supposed to get it). It’s interesting that Randy and Mr. Graybeal think that being a business owner or having a full time profession is a negative and should disqualify them from being commissioners. Stewart, Petty, and Bock are running their campaign based on their record not cynicism or sarcasm. In a separate email Graybeal mentions that they just need to wait for Starkweather to return (which he is soon) from CA with talking points for everyone. *sigh*
Below is the unedited text of the email sent from Graybeal to democrats. What do you think? Cearly democrats don’t appreciate this as they sent it on. It is interesting to note that Ms Sieverson’s recent Chatlist post and Ms Penley’s Letter to the editor this week contain exact quotes from Graybeal. According to this email I assume they are shilling for Graybeal and Voller both? I don’t know but so far we haven’t heard much from the candidates themselves. Perhaps Randy, Graybeal and Starkweather ought to consider that these damaging tactics are not actually helpful to their candidates. We are savvy voters in Chatham and if we don’t have to wade through sneaky attack campaigns we like to make up our own minds based on facts and issues.
(I wrote this post myself)
*On Monday, July 21, 2014 10:02 PM, John Graybeal > wrote:*
*Inspired by a recent conversation with Chairman Voller, I’ve written a short, somewhat sarcastic and, hopefully, somewhat funny proposed letter to the editor that asks why Bock/Petty/Stewart or any of them want to be commissioners anyway. *
*It points out Stewart’s full time occupation, Petty’s substantial business operations (Atlantic Power Solutions) and Bock’s pizza business (apparently owning two franchises in the 5-part Amante Gourmet Pizza & Taproom business). The letter has some snide comments as asides. Any volunteers to consider sending the letter to The Chatham Record??? (I’ve already sent too many to them.) J. *document.getElementById("post-16928-blankimage").onload();
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