ABOLITION OF THE POUND.
TO THE EDITOR,
fcir.—Has Cr Frodericksen considered the very ill turn he would do to the town and neighbourhood by abo ishing the pound as he proposes, leaving us to the one at Duvauchelle, Bis miles away? Every civilised community has one, as necessary for good governance, so why is Akaroa to go pound. Ibbs? Granted that our pound has not been so need for several years, is it nos bemuse it is not needed, and that solely. Systematic grazing of auimals on our streetG anc| up the valleys has for years been so serious a nui saaoe that townspeople have had to see to ith'ir gates nightly; whilst persona living outside the borough have carried lanterns to . save running into stray animals. Some time Bgo a oow was run Dightly on the main road at the entrance to the town. One night I patted it lying in the middle of the road. »> hat could more dearly show tho necessity for reform, and that doing away with the ►pound is the last thing to be thought of? Our pounding system has long called loudly for reform. The remedies are simple and costless, Instead of a ranger being at German Bay, appoint a local man as both ranger I and poundkeeper. Efficiently oarried out the di*tie3 are fairly heavy, and are certainly unpleasant, as bringing the ranger into constant conflict wit ■ persistent offenders, To secure a good man fitting remuneration most be Riven, so he s ould have all the fees. This incentive will ensure bis running tbe business to his own and tbo ratepayers' mutual advantage. Were all stray animals duly pounded, tbe reserve would be none too large, so it should be & oondition that the poundkeeper should not be allowed to use buildiDgs or land for his own purposes, either as shelter for traps, etc., or for stock ; and that no gardening should be permitted, whioh at present takes half tbe reserve.
But reform i. urgently nesde.H in another direction hat of dealing with ihe off ndere at court. It takes a J the heart out of a ranger when after mv _ hard work, anil too often much abuse, a deliht-rate and per-u.-*----tent offender is fined inadequately. Not long'fi'go, a man who had n'ghtly turned his ten horses on to the streets waa fined'ss. On
' undnys. he vnried proceedings by Fitting o> tho fcerlj reading n new ; pnp< r, whilst (he animals w.rndrre'l about the ptreets at wil Tho long piiadock on these terms was good business; and he showed his appreciation aod gratitude by so continuing ior yea's Wholesome peverity is good for offender anil community alike I remember one who had been fined 53 times innumerable by a (oo lenient R M At last a new S.M came, who having heard his history said: "Forty shil lings and costs." and the old one never ap penrei again. It is Mr Frederioksen'e privi I<-ge to be also a J.P. Let him tune up the Bench by fining first offenders 5s per animal seconds 10a, and thirds 20s Troubles will at once cease, and our worthy townsman will have deservedly earned the lasting gratitude o£ a long suffering public—l am, eto ,
W. H. HENNING,
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ABOLITION OF THE POUND., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3502, 7 December 1915