This letter is in response to The Dickinson Press article about the cat killer in Belfield (“Belfield man the target of harassing letters,” April 25). An unknown author left letters around town and with the Stark County sheriff.
Belfield has a leash law. It is for dogs and cats. Feral cats at large kill song birds, spread disease, die in gardens, flower beds and garbage.
The State Health Department has stated we as a state have a problem with rabies. In turn the cats are a danger to all children and residents of Belfield.
In North Dakota, we have the right to trap. This is an amendment to our state constitution.
The person who wrote this letter did not sign the letter, because they are afraid for their safety?
Being sued should be the concern you have.
Let’s look at Jim O’Brien. If he is trapping feral cats on his property, he is not breaking any law. As far as being concerned for your safety? You should thank O’Brien for the safety and freedoms you have. O’Brien has awards and citations from Vietnam. His behavior has a large part to do with the Veterans’ memorial next to the pavilion, along with many other community projects.
I feel we have more important things to worry about: child abuse and neglect, hungry children and adults, abortion. So many things in our community to worry about, yet a feral cat is at the top of your list?
O’Brien has his priorities in order, like many residents in Belfield. Cats are not at the top of that list.
Richard Schuhrke, Belfield