LETTER- Where are needed laws?

George Seymour's attorney, Benjamin Dick, is correct that his client has every right to protect his property from animals roaming at will ["Guilty verdict: Cat shooter gets jail time," August 24]. Any animal without a collar, as was the animal that defined this trial, is considered a feral animal and only becomes "a beloved pet" when the offending owner places blame. Where is the county ordinance that could have prevented this tragedy, and subdivision covenants that should be in place in any neighborhood of "well over a million dollar" homes?

The SPCA turned the trial into a three-ring circus, with 50 animal rights activists in attendance. This is not courtroom justice.

What about retired substitute Judge Stephen H. Helvin grand-standing and succumbing to mob rule? More serious is the Constitutional attack on the Eighth Amendment against cruel and unusual punishment.

It's common sense that you don't sentence a defendant to 60 days in jail for shooting a cat that invades family and property. The judge needs a swift peer disciplinary review. Seymour, a successful businessman, has worked hard for a living and weathered uncertainties for a well-deserved show of respect– not to be blamed by irresponsible neighbors whose public nuisance invaded his peace and quiet, compromising his quality of life.  

Where are the wanton and reckless abandon charges against the Wintersteigers?

Let's have an appeal to vindicate the defendant for protecting his valuables and exonerate him from any further wrongdoing related to his constitutional right to protect his property and family. That's what this case is really about– not precedent-setting opinion absent judicial restraint.

Ronald Amon
Fredericksburg

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