layton should amend rules regarding dogs

Tuesday , March 18, 2014 - 4:05 PM

Maria Dennisia Whisler Sorge


I’m writing regarding the Oct. 25 news article, "Layton mayor: dogs present a slipperty slope." What this family is going through is heart-wrenching. I suspect it is now common in many cities here in Utah and across the nation because of both the aging and ailing boomer population, and the economic situation of our country. Perhaps, instead of worrying about setting a precedent, Layton city can try to figure out a way to help these people.

A temporary kennel permit would not only generate some revenue for the city, but it would set a good precedent for neighbors helping neighbors.

The ordinances of Layton regarding kennels require one acre of space; but this is what could be temporarily amended. Waive the space requirement and the zoning requirement, have an expiration date, limit the number of dogs to four, or to a maximum combined weight, then require Ms. Erskine and her family to pay all costs and follow all health ordinances associated with owning and operating a kennel.

The mayor and city council members all live in Layton. Mrs. Erskine and those who support her need to contact her elected representatives and let them know about the situation. The ordinances of Layton are crafted by these elected officials.

Layton city should exercise its rights to get things changed. Going to the media is a great start, but don’t stop there. Even though Layton is only a city, it is still "of the people, by the people and for the people," and Ms. Erskine and her supporters must use the rights they have to get thing changed.

To conclude, this is not the only time this will happen to a family in a community where they pay taxes and invest monies in local businesses, and where a dutiful daughter is doing her bet to balance her life and work with helping her father care for her ailing mother. The dogs are part of the equation of love and support

Layton city, shame on you for demanding that Ms. Erskine and her father, Mr. Mooney chose to destroy two of their furry companions, or take care of thier ill wife and mother.

Maria Dennisia Whisler Sorge


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