Hill County Paw Pals, Hill County, Texas
  

Tragedy on the Horizon Without County Animal Control
By Mike Hendricks

 

Hill County Paw Pals, a non-profit 501(c)(3) tax exempt corporation, is a grassroots group that organized three years ago working towards two goals; 1) Facilitate installation of a county animal control program and promote and contribute to building a county animal shelter; and 2) Organize to challenge the overpopulation of unwanted companion animals (dog and cats) with four programs working simultaneously–Education, Legislation, Spay/Neuter, and Adoption (Project ELSA).

Pet overpopulation stems from one source—irresponsible and misguided pet owners who allow their pets to roam and breed at will.  Starting from one pair of uncontrolled breeding dogs, in seven generations, 4,372 offspring can result!  Two uncontrolled breeding cats can produce 420,715 cats in this same period!  This implicit fact is compounded with the fact that communities and citizens outside of Hillsboro and Whitney simply do not have a place to take unwanted dogs.  Hill County’s pet overpopulation issue will only worsen without our elected representatives’ intervention.

A county animal shelter will become the nucleus for a much needed county animal control program.  Without an animal control program, our county’s pet overpopulation will continue to go unchecked—allowing continual exposure to health, economic, legal and safety liabilities (HELS) to the general public—especially our children.

Nearly everyone has a story that is related to our county’s prevalent pet overpopulation issue.  The following is a factual story that could have been much worse and ties together each of the mentioned existing liabilities.  Early one morning one of our grown cattle was attacked by a pack of “stray” dogs.  The cow’s face was completely bloodied because of its two ears being chewed off along with its extensive injuries to her mouth and nose.  This cow fought for its life!  The cow had to be destroyed because it could no longer eat with its disfigured mouth.  Dogs running in packs are dangerous not only to livestock but to our citizens.  Imagine if a child were in the same pasture instead of this cow.  If this pack of dogs didn’t fear a fighting 1,500 pound grown cow, would they have feared a 40 pound frightened child?  Our county has all the ingredients for a future dog attack on one of our children—sadly, a preventable situation.  We as citizens do not have to tolerate pet overpopulation because this situation can be simply corrected but it will take a community along with our elected representatives to initiate positive change.  Animal control is simply a necessary core service that tax payers expect.  Apathy promotes pet overpopulation .  Help us correct pet overpopulation with your involvement to install a county animal control program by writing or calling your elected representative today (visit our website for writing suggestions).

If you would like to become involved with the efforts of Hill County Paw Pals to bring positive change to our county, please call (254) 580-0679; email hcpawpals@yahoo.com; write PO Box 1533, Hillsboro, Texas 76645.