Letter to the Editor

Doggone neighbours I’m writing this letter today to you, the good folks at Whitehorse city council, because I am essentially fed up and…

Doggone neighbours

I’m writing this letter today to you, the good folks at Whitehorse city council, because I am essentially fed up and completely frustrated with Animal Control Services when it comes to dealing with animals running at large.

For the most part, my dealings with Animal Control have been great. They’ve gotten out to my place when I have something for them to pick up and they’ve been very pleasant when I speak with them at the shelter or at my home.

I’ll give you a bit of information on my situation here, which I’m sure is not unique in any way.

I live in Hidden Valley on two acres of my own property. The property is not fenced. Several of my neighbours own pets (cats and dogs).

Several of these pet-owning neighbours refuse to keep their pets on their own property, which is of comparable size if not larger.

I raise poultry. They have a coop for the summer when I’m not at home. It’s surrounded by an electric fence as well as covered with bird netting.

When I’m home, I will allow them outside the coop, and they never stray far (always within about 15 metres of “safety”).

In over two years, I have trapped about five or six dogs, which Animal Control has picked up for me.

I have also spoken with one of the offenders and the reply was that they refuse to keep their two animals on their own property (they’re “friendly”) and I’m left cleaning up after them.

Additionally, another neighbour was given several warnings but still refuses to keep his animal at home.

I also have another dog (which I called about today) come through my property on a regular occasion while I am home (unable to catch the dog) and have seen regular forays of at least two or three other strange dogs on or by my property.

The comment that I get from Animal Control is that I need to document the times I see these animals at large and speak with the owners myself, with the potential of me filing charges.

This is where I want to know why Animal Control officers want me to do their job.

I have called numerous times about these dogs, with the same result — nothing. My neighbour around the corner has done the same things as I have with the same results and has threatened to take things into his own hands if Animal Control refuses to do anything, but was advised that he has no recourse.

Why is Animal Control not taking these issues seriously and why is it not setting up patrols to deal with the at-large animal issue?

Why do we, the law-abiding neighbours, have to be the ones that cause bad feelings because we don’t want our animals harassed?

The interesting thing is this: as I was typing this letter, I lost three mature chickens to … a dog. I just heard the squawking and found large footprints, but no trace of the birds.

So, I guess that what I am saying is: get your employees off their asses, hire more, do something.

The bad apples are leaving the rest of us with no recourse. Get this damn dog problem under control.

Sylvia Achter

Hidden Valley

Celebrate Volunteers

During National Volunteer Week, April 15 to 21, the Canadian Cancer Society encourages Canadians to celebrate the volunteers in your community.

We extend sincere thanks and appreciation to our amazing volunteers who selflessly donate time, effort and enthusiasm to help us “make cancer history.”

Founded in 1938, the Canadian Cancer Society is a volunteer-based organization. Initially, volunteers helped to communicate the early warning signs of cancer to the public.

Today, almost 70 years later, thousands of volunteers continue to help others cope with cancer through prevention, information, advocacy, research and support initiatives.

Volunteers are at the very heart of the Canadian Cancer Society. Their outstanding support and commitment in communities from Old Crow to Watson Lake make a tremendous difference to those who have been affected by cancer.

We were pleased at our recent Daffodil Luncheon to honour Mary Mickey and Laurie Babala as Yukon Region Volunteers of the Year.

Mickey and Babala are tireless in their efforts with our Rent-a-Santa program and other society initiatives.

Thank you to those who currently volunteer with the Canadian Cancer Society and other charitable organizations. Your efforts and enthusiasm are truly appreciated.

Scott Kent, Manager, Yukon Region, Canadian Cancer Society, BC and Yukon Division

Whitehorse

Walk-in clinics preferred

Re Prescriptions fetch fast cash and crack cocaine (the News, March 23):

Do not use the same brush to paint all walk-in clinics.

I have to say, in all my years of medical problems, that I was given way more prescription medicines as candy (i.e. Band-Aid effect), medicines that did not really help me, while attending all the ‘regular medical clinics’, more so than I have anywhere else.

These prescribed medicines were valium, Ativan, T3s, and so on — medicines that did not really help my medical problem … just covered it up.

Rather than testing and getting to proper diagnosis, I was given something to tranquilize or deaden pain.

I have had far better care and genuine concern shown to me from Dr. Bekhit (Second Avenue Walk-in Clinic) than I ever was given by several of the long line of doctors at the ‘normal’ clinics.

I have been treated like a human being with dignity, been shown genuine compassion and good bedside manners by Dr. Bekhit.

He has shown me more willingness to request tests and refer to specialists than to just prescribe any old thing for ‘Band-Aid’ effect.

I therefore ended up with proper diagnosis, which should have been looked into years ago. That is what I would call a sincere medical doctor!

I have found this to be true of the doctors I have seen who have come from Egypt or similar places. I certainly feel more confident with the care and expertise they have given me.

Name withheld by request

Whitehorse