News item from the Associated Press:
“Police say a Philadelphia man is charged with murder after allegedly shooting a neighbor in a dispute over dog waste.
“Authorities say 47-year-old Franklin Manuel Santana was shot and killed in the city’s Tacony section Tuesday afternoon after confronting the neighbor about his dogs, a Chihuahua and a German shepherd. Police say the dog owner, 27-year-old Tyrirk Harris, pulled a gun and fired multiple shots, striking Santana twice in the neck.
“Officer Tanya Little, a police spokeswoman, says Harris was taken into custody and charged with murder and other counts.
“Police say the suspect said he and his neighbor struggled over the gun before it fired. Investigators also say it wasn’t the first time the men had quarreled over the dogs.
“It was not immediately known if Harris had an attorney.”
I guess I never realized how serious an issue this is. In fact, I have two dogs, one of which has decided that she is fine using our property to well, you know. The other dog, however, has decided that anyone else’s lawn is better than ours. Of course our neighborhood has placed a pole that has clean up bags for dogowners to use. That is a great idea and while I don’t expect to get shot for not cleaning up, if looks could kill I would be a dead man for failing to fulfill my owner’s responsibility judging by some of the reaction to when I am “bagless.”
Growing up in my neighborhood, no one ever freaked out about dogs and them doing their business on other lawns. Perhaps we just didn’t notice or just didn’t care.
However, I think people nowadays — at least where I live — are a little more than obsessed with lawns, driveways, garages. It’s grass, blacktop and a place for bikes and lawnmowers.
Trust me, my wife has trained me well to make sure I get a bag when I take the new pooch out for her nightly walk before bed.
I have to say, though, that while I think dogowners should take care of business, it’s not something I shoot someone for doing…
— Andy Hachadorian