(Sylva Herald) A number of county residents turned out at Monday’s (July 16) commissioners meeting to say they don’t support proposed legislation that would regulate barking dogs.
Speakers generally argued that their dogs are on their property, and that they were here long before the complainants.
Officials heard from Marva Jennings, who had asked to be placed on the agenda to “tell the other side of the story.”
“I was born here, raised here and I hope to die here. I do not want to give up dogs or my way of life,” Jennings said, adding that she’s worked her entire life to have a large tract of land, some 13 acres on Big Ridge Road near Glenville.
“I closed on it last year, although I’ve lived here my entire life,” she said.
Prior to complaining about dogs, Jennings said neighbors questioned what color she’d paint her house. Then she heard that the neighbors didn’t like her fence.
“I don’t know where these people are coming from, I don’t know why they move in here and try to change us, but if they don’t like us, why do they spend their money to move here,” she asked.
Jennings also wanted to know whether the people complaining were actually county residents, six-month residents or whether the people are even voters.
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