It would be difficult to find a group of people that loves animals more than the Times-Journal. Inside today, we have run a full page of animals that need to be adopted at the DeKalb County Animal Adoption Center.

We have a heart for animals, but we also understand that there’s a great responsibility that comes along with raising them as pets.

At the Fort Payne City Council meeting Tuesday, two different people spoke about incidents that had occurred in or around Fort Payne involving dog attacks. One of which resulted in the death of a young woman who was doing nothing more than getting her mail.

We have a responsibility in this community to take care of each other, and part of that means taking care of our animals, too. You have the right to keep that pet, but nobody deserves to go through what these people and their families have experienced. The council has put steps in place to limit and prevent future attacks, but we need to look out for each other.

We owe it to ourselves, and we owe it to those animals.

Our View is the opinion of the Times-Journal’s editorial board, which includes Publisher Tricia Clinton-Dunne and Managing Editor Bradley Roberts.

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