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La Porte, TX

PFC Cody Robert Norris

I had the privilege to see this warrior come home, and on that final trip he was honored by not just La Porte citizens but Texans and a grateful nation. The motorcade of motorcycles provided by the Patriot Guard was both humbling and fitting for this warrior’s trip home. I attended the ceremony as a Veteran but also as an American, wanting the family to know, just how many folks are grateful for their sacrifice. To them I say, we owe a debt that cannot ever be re-paid only appreciated and honored. To the warrior who gave his life in the service to this nation, I salute you soldier, and the big Ranger in the sky has got another warrior for heaven. Rest in peace soldier, you are home… Rangers Lead the Way Ranger Doc  (Dec 15, 2011 | post #14)

La Porte, TX

Awesomely friendly orange taby cat

H/F: Let me know if you don't have any luck in getting a home for your cat. I know of some agencies that would take your cat and get it placed, and they will not euthanize your cat for space or time. If you can send me the bio and a pic of the cat and I will forward it for you.  (Nov 23, 2011 | post #16)

La Porte, TX

La Porte to ban chaining of dogs

Heavy Fed: Is your dog certified as a service animal? If not let me know, and I can provide for you some resources that may help you. If you have a physician's statement or supportive medical reasons for your dog to be certified then it would be a "medical companion" animal. If your dog gets certified training to be certified then you would qualify for the "legal" protection offered to service animals. Good luck!  (Nov 23, 2011 | post #155)

Baytown, TX

Fake veterans

Fact Finder. Thank you for your strong support of our veterans. I also have an issue with those that say they are a "combat" veteran when in fact they never even served. Our great nation is free and strong because of the sacrfices made by those that have been in the service. For all of my fellow veterans I would like to say "thank you" for what you have given. For those that have lost loved ones in the defence of this great nation, I say you have gone thru the pain that none of us can even imagine. The price of ones life laid on the alter of freedom is the highest price to be paid. Fact Finder thank you for your views and support on this and keep it up. Rangers Lead the Way......  (Nov 23, 2011 | post #3)

La Porte, TX

Neighbor's Dog...

That should be intrest and Animal Control. My fingers hit the wrong keys!!!  (Nov 22, 2011 | post #8)

La Porte, TX

Spc. Jarrett P. Griemel of La Porte died Wednesday evenin...

I hope your family is doing ok and getting through this rough time. Please do not let the rambling of those that have no clue make you feel that there are not those out here that acknowledge your loss. I lost a fair share of my soldiers on operations and it is very hard to deal with some times. May your family have a peaceful and reflective holiday season. Rangers Lead the Way!!!  (Nov 19, 2011 | post #624)

La Porte, TX

LP soldier dies

I have sat back and watched this thread turn into a back and forth about personal views of the war and name calling. This thread was started as a way for the community to show their respect for a fallen warrior, who lost his life doing something that he believed in. You may hate the war, and to be honest those of us that have had to go into harm’s way are not too fond of it either. Here we have one of our local families going through something that no one should have to and that is the loss of a son. As a Veteran I realize that there are those out there that are not fond of the government, or our nation’s political agenda, but that is not what this is about, right now. We all need to get back on track and try and offer our condolences to this local family that needs our support not our banter. This young warrior will be home soon and lay in his place of honor here in our city. Let us try and remember that that is what this was supposed to be about. You can hate war but love the warrior. To this young warrior’s family and friends I offer my sincerest condolences for your loss of this young man. What he was doing was standing up for something he believed in and he was with those that felt the same. I hope in this time of loss and sorrow you can remember that this great nation is in your debt for the price you and this warrior paid on the altar of freedom. Rest in Peace young soldier….. Rangers Lead the Way…  (Nov 18, 2011 | post #136)

La Porte, TX

La Porte to ban chaining of dogs

Animal Control is not an agency bent on harassing or using any law to pick on citizens. If you are in violation, fix it. In most cases, the officers will issue "warnings " and or verbal help to correct a problem. As for the quotes that Animal Control will start making citizens lives unbearable with any law or ordinance, we must remember that all citations issued to citizens are issued with the option of taking the violation to court and having the judge hear the case. No Animal Control officer is out there in the field with the intent of making anyones life miserable. If there is a bonafide violation of the law in regards to animals then expect to have interaction with them.  (Oct 30, 2011 | post #95)

La Porte, TX

La Porte to ban chaining of dogs

I agree that an ordinance or law that is not defined well has the potential for abuse or non-enforcement. There is no crime if you are outside with your animal, and that animal is under your direct control. Not everyone will be in support of this ordinance and that is fine, that is what makes this country as great as it is. The concept here is to ensure the improvement of the lives of the animals within the city. There are more people who abuse and neglect their animals by chaining then those that do not. There are also places where an owner can take their dog and allow them to run off lead and enjoy nice days as well (dog parks). We have several in the immediate area around La Porte (Clear Lake and Baytown) and it looks like we will also have one of these in our city.  (Oct 29, 2011 | post #85)

La Porte, TX

La Porte to ban chaining of dogs

If you know of a dog or any animal that is being abused or neglected, report it. Animal Control needs your help to identify these problems so they can start action on the case. It seems people "know" of a dog / animal that is in dire straights but have not reported it. Animal Control will work with the owner and if need be they can initiate a criminal case. Please do not leave these animals in a bad condition for any longer then they have to. In the case of the dog on the chain that was posted here,this constitutes "cruel confinement" call Animal Control and let them know...  (Oct 29, 2011 | post #82)

La Porte, TX

La Porte to ban chaining of dogs

The enforcement should be at the discretion of the ACO, based on the total evidence. The time loophole will be solved if the ordinance prohibits chaining at all times. When we have a state law that falls short in the ability to enforce it, then it is up to the local municipalities to close the loop and ensure fair enforcement. Again, this will not be easy, but the animals are trusting us to stand up and do the right thing for them.  (Oct 29, 2011 | post #77)

La Porte, TX

La Porte to ban chaining of dogs

It is a defense to prosecution if the dog is not observed by an ACO or police officer for the entire time it is in violation. The reason is that all the owner of the dog has to do is state that the dog was brought inside while it was not being observed. So basically the officer has to watch this animal for the entire time of the period stated in the law. There are not enough officers to do this, and this is why the law is basically “hollow” when it comes to enforcement. Second point I would like to remind everyone. There has been a lot of talk about good dogs being put to death because they will end up at the shelter. It is proven science and fact that dogs that are chained are 87% more likely to be involved in an unprovoked attacks on a human, which usually is a child (ASPCA statistical study (pub.2009 / DVM. McCrane). These dogs are more aggressive, territorial, and are more likely to have sustained some sort of injury due to the extended chaining. Animals that end up in the shelter are not all destined for euthanasia. The shelter has a very good adoption program; offsite adoption events (PetCo-Baytown / Triumphant Tails Rescue events in Seabrook) as well as working with many rescue organizations from all over the state of Texas as well as out of state agencies. The intent of this anit-chaining ordinance is to improve the overall lives of our animals in the city that are spending their lives at the end of a chain or rope. Most chained dogs spend their days with minimal contact or interaction from their owners. Most are exposed to heartworm positive mosquitoes without the benefit of preventative medication. Many are aggressive and will challenge anyone who comes into their areas without regard to it being an adult or child. Are there owners out there who chain their dogs that are model owners? Yes there are, but most do not fit this category. Spending one’s life on a chain has been proven to be an existence that has more negatives then positive. What our city is doing is trying to help improve the conditions that our animals are forced to live in. Is it easier to put your animal on a chain rather than constructing the proper pen? Maybe. But we must focus of the long term life of that animal and the environment that the people that are around this animal must share. This is a moral decision that if you own an animal you should do the right thing. Yes there are laws (both at the state level as well as county and city) that are being enforced by the Animal Control, but the current chaining law has a huge flaw and that is if the ACO doesn’t watch that animal for the entire time that it is in violation then the case is not enforceable. The city is closing that gap and holding people accountable for how they treat their animals. I am sure some will balk at this new change, but this will improve the lives of so many animals and give our Animal Control the ability to enforce an ordinance that has the animal(s) best interest at hand. I encourage everyone to go to the shelter, see what those folks have to work with every day. Sign up to be a volunteer. Our ACO’s have a saying, and I feel it says a lot about them. “We may be small in size, but we are big on mission”. These men and women put it on the line every day to help the animals in our city as well as their owners. Before you pass judgment on this new ordinance go down there and see the animals that have had a poor life. Many have spent their lives on chains with little or minimal human contact from their owners. Our ACO’s care for and help improve all of the animals in their charge, and some of those chained and abused dogs get the first compassion and love when they are with our ACO’s.  (Oct 28, 2011 | post #73)

La Porte, TX

Dog Park and Animal Shelter Proposal

The item of a new shelter is a topic that is likely to draw some who will question it. The current facility is small, not large enough to handle the volume of animals that are being brought in. There is also the problem of disease control. The staff has to conduct all of their business (case investigations, incoming animals, release of animals, adoptions and customer service) all in a small, cramped area. The new shelter would bring the operations into current laws and standards.  (Apr 11, 2011 | post #4)

La Porte, TX

Spc. Jarrett P. Griemel of La Porte died Wednesday evenin...

Any loss of a service member is sad, and we must remember the sacrifices they have all made. As a veteran of the U.S Army I send out my prayers for this lost soldier and to his family. Nothing can make the loss of family member better, but knowing their sacrifice was not in vein is important. This is not the time for political talk, we must morn those that we have lost and console those who have felt that loss personally. My prayers go out to this family and all of those that have felt the sting of the loss of a loved one from war. I recall a line from a book, and it went something like, “hate war but love the warrior”. That is what we should do. So please send your prayers and support for those that have fallen and remember, freedom isn’t free.  (Apr 8, 2011 | post #613)

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