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Your Views: Local governments should better control wild animal attacks
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I saw the front page story (Sunday) about wild animal attacks. My dog, Hixson, (named after the UFC fighter Rickson Gracie) was a 5 ½-year-old dapple dachshund.

We actually slept in until 7 a.m., so I let him out to go potty and then went to the kitchen for coffee. In that two minutes, some crazed wild animal bit and ripped all the skin off the back of his neck and crushed every rib in his tiny body.

I know all my neighbors and all their animals. I had to put my little guy down because of some wild creature our city can't seem to get a grasp on.

I'm so angry at reading about rabies being rampant, wild animal and pit bull attacks.

Someone has got to do something. He was my only family and my best friend. Can I even feel safe walking in my neighborhood? Where the heck are our tax dollars going to? Pushing papers and elections that promise squat? This city and county should be on the "worst most dangerous places to live list."

There was another dog attack last week in Sunset Heights where an elderly man was injured and his dog was killed instantly. We need new rules, street lights and more animal control officers patrolling every neighborhood.

Christina Werner
Gainesville

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