JO - Do something about dogs, crime
Do something about dogs, crime
Monday, February 19, 2007
I read with great interest your article concerning the barking dogs in your February 14th and 15th edition of the Observer. I also express my sympathy to Ambassador Schlegel and his family.
I am an American who has owned a house in an upscale area of Rose Hall for 23 years.
Two years ago, I bought a very high-priced property about 300 yards from my original property. The property sits on over four acres and overlooks a golf course with an unbelievable view of the ocean.
After one year and total home renovation, again at a significant cost, I spent my first night on this property.
There was continuous barking of dogs all night long and unfortunately every night that followed. Upon inquiring, I found out that in the homes adjoining my property, and properties across the road there were over 25 dogs that belonged to four homes.
Ironically, each neighbour complained of the continuous barking; however, each homeowner blamed the noise on roaming dogs within the neighbourhood.
The culprits have yet to be identified. Fortunately, some of my neighbours have made an attempt to control their dogs and some improvement has been noted. But I too, like the ambassador, have given considerable thought to selling my dream home and leaving my residences because of a lack of the peace and quiet I sought when I bought these huses on this island.
I realise that many homeowners have dogs as a means of protection from invaders and potential crime, so I am suggesting that maybe some limitations be put forth on the number of dogs a homeowner should have (seven dogs is excessive) and a stronger stance on crime to make property owners feel safer in their homes.
Dr Walter P Lomax, Jrwpl@thelomaxcos.com