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"Reeses Law" is now up for petition on care2. My brother in law said that he won't sign it because it is unfair and punishing animals everywhere because our dog got out of the yard. I don't expect anyone to sign it just because they know me or because I ask them to. Also, I can fully understand if someone would not want to sign a petition if they honestly don't feel it's right to.

My question is, if you were to read "Reeses Law", even though I thought I had made it clear that it was because Reese got out of the yard, and I thought I made it clear that this is not just for attacking animals but for all animals, does it seem like I am wanting and trying to punish all animals and owners because of what happened to Reese?

Some one not agreeing to the punishments for following the law is understandable, but it seems odd that wanting to make a law saying that if you own animals that you need to make sure the yard is as secure as possible is me trying to punish everyone for what happened.

I won't get angry or defensive if anyone helps me on this. I honestly have no clue what he is talking about, but then again, I could be missing something/s.

Here is the link and thank you for whoever can do this for me.

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/ForpetsILMReese/
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495284 tn?1333894042
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Do you have a leash law in the town you live in?
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Yes, I am pretty sure we do.

It might not be needed, but I was going to explain a little more in a way.

On that site, there is a petition to ban people from selling/giving away animals in parking lots and in the front of stores. I was going to sign it because of the strong argument it gives stating that it's because of who can get animals from places like this, and what they do to the animals. It said that many animals who are given away from this method/s are abused. When I read that, I thought about how two days after Reese died, my wife and I along with our father in law came across a guy selling Yorkies. If we were to want one, and had the money, we could get one. Also, the way I knew about how it worked from first hand experiences is that instead of killing or abandoning animals, people know/knew they could take the animals to a grocery store or parking lot and it was a humane thing to do.

I was not given arguments with starts that showed that a good amount of animals were worse off with this law in affect.

I am saying this to further show that I don't expect people to sign the petition just because I asked them to.
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495284 tn?1333894042
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The laws in Minnesota have gotten much better for animals.  The only selling of animals in a public place here is done by the Humane Society or rescue places.  They have an open hou  se, interested parties fill out an application, have a home visit so the worker can see what sort of family the pet would be joining.  It's a good deal for the pet.  I couldnt imagine seeing someone sell puppies in a parking lot like that.  You have to wonder what the dogs that they are using for breeding are living like........
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I hear that, so what do you think about Reeses Law? Does it seem logical and fair for everyone, or does it seem like I am just trying to get "revenge" in an unfair way?
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495284 tn?1333894042
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I have to go back and read it as it was the middle of the night when i read it!!

People here who have violent dogs have to post that on their property and pay additional insurance fees.  If they dont the dog has to be surrendered to the authorities.
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Okay, someone close to me explained some things to me I didn't understand before. We were able to still come up with something to help the "cause" but while also not creating something which would affect not only innocent people, but have a horrible consequence on someone who loses their pet. For example, if someone does not have their perimeter completely secure and their small dog gets out and ends up like our dog did, they would still get a $500.00 fine because that is how I had the law worded.

Because of the sensitive situation bringing this law about, people who love and care about me and or even Reese are not telling me things they feel about the law. Problems they would have either cause them to not sign it, or refuse to even consider it because they feel it's wrong for their own personal reasons.  I can understand and respect the respect they have for me and my wife. The problem is, because of the respect and not wanting to tell me how they see it, I didn't understand problems that this law could bring or problems I would have trying to make this a law.

I have decided to keep the story of what happened but use it instead to try and get radio time, newspaper space, and possibly news coverage to inform people about the importance of owning animals and keeping your yard secure.

I want to thank all the people who signed "Reeses Law" and have given my wife and I words of compassion and sympathy/empathy.
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