Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor: On Annie the dog

Common sense

Letters to the editor in The Tribune recently have been full of misconceptions and misinformation. Annie was on Chuck Hoage’s ranch in a stopped vehicle when she spooked. Annie is a working, herding dog.

You do not tie up a dog when it is working with horses or cows, especially when that dog is on your own ranch property.

Despite the particulars and nuances of this, there is a basic societal foundation that is missing. People have simply forgotten how to do the right thing unless threatened with a lawsuit.

If your child is playing baseball in the street and breaks your neighbor’s window, you pay for it. If you find a wallet, you return it to the owner. If you find a lost animal, or mistakenly adopt an animal who is someone else’s beloved family member, you return it to the owner.

It is the death of common sense that is the real issue here.

Kimberlee Turner

San Luis Obispo

Excessive coverage

Has everyone at The Tribune gone bonkers? The amount of coverage given to Annie the dog is obscene.

The main purpose of a newspaper is to inform and enlighten its readers. This requires allocating the newspaper’s limited space to balance information the readers should receive.

I recall many times we, the readers, have been told that the size of The Tribune is again shrinking because of higher costs, especially newsprint. When the resources become more scarce, it becomes critical to allocate them efficiently.

Newspaper space is a zero sum game. Space given to one item means that some other item will not be published. It is as simple as that.

Let me ask you editors a few questions regarding your coverage on Annie: Were the first page headlines and stories the most important news of the day? Were numerous other items published about Annie more important than the other news that was not printed? Were tens of letters published on the topic more illuminating, informative, incisive and thoughtful than the others you received?

If your answer to any one of the above questions is “no,” then I have one more question: Have you no respect for your readers’ intelligence?

Zaf Iqbal

San Luis Obispo

Dog is property

I have been following the articles regarding the lost dog Annie. I think that the Animal Services folks that gave away Chuck Hoage’s dog are in violation of California civil code section 2080-2082, which deals with lost or found property.

A dog in California is considered personal property. I would think that the California civil code trumps the local animal regulation rules, thus putting them in violation of the civil code.

The folks now in possession of Hoage’s property are without rights to the property, legally or morally.

Hoage should file a lost or stolen property report with the Sheriff’s Department. If he fails to get Annie returned, he should look into a small-claims court action against the parties involved.

Mike Hopkins

Paso Robles

Solomon’s solution

I found the saga of Annie to be a somewhat curious and sad tale. But was this story truly front page news, for two days no less, while stories of the Asian floods that killed thousands of people (not dogs) were relegated to the back page?

Bombarding the animal shelter with angry phone calls seemed over the top, given that the shelter was only doing its job of rescuing an animal in the street with no identification, caring for it for more than a week and finding it a home.

Why didn’t the owner, who had been “searching for weeks,” actually go to the shelter, which is open to the public six days a week including the lunch hour? Where is his responsibility?

Is this matter truly worthy of the direct involvement, as reported by The Tribune, of Supervisor Adam Hill, a county administrative officer, the director of the county health agency and the county counsel?

Perhaps we should take the lead of King Solomon and propose cutting the dog in two, half for each owner, and find out who loves the dog more. At this point, it would make just as much sense as front page stories in The Tribune and involvement of county executives.

Frank Hotta


Return Annie

Annie has to be returned to her rightful owner, Chuck Hoage.

He has had her for seven years and she is like his child.

The people who have Annie should willingly return her whether they are attached to her or not. Find another dog.

Animal services is partially to blame. They should not have let anyone adopt her when Hoage was going to be picking her up soon.

We feel Animal Services should solve the problem immediately and return Annie to her owner. Find another dog for the “nameless” people.

Amanda and Clem Lambert

Arroyo Grande

Something for all

As an animal lover, I tried to imagine Annie’s point of view. She loves both Chuck Hoage, her past master, and her new official, but nameless, owners.

If she must stay, it may become judicial (and Annie doesn’t want that to happen), but if it does, perhaps an understanding judge will give her visiting rights.

The present owners and Hoage become good friends, the public raises funds for all involved for a trip to Disneyland and a dog food manufacturer will send all the kids to college.

Ray Clark Dickson

San Luis Obispo

A psychic fix

In reference to a letter to the editor about getting a facilitator for Annie the dog (“Let Annie decide,” Aug. 17): A facilitator? Interesting, but I’ll one up you to a pet psychic. I recently went to one and it was very informative. This is the sure way to find out what Annie wants.

Of course, we’ll need an unbiased one. Is there anyone impartial out there? And then problem solved.

Monique McCollum