2 paws up for Kenyatta

Councilman Kenyatta Johnson wants an explanation from CSX on what happened when a train derailed on a bridge this week. (AKIRA SUWA / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER)

Here's something that shouldn't be necessary, but it is: Owners who are too thick to bring their pets in when the temperature gets below freezing.

That's why, responding to information from his own constituents, City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson has introduced this bill:

(3)  In addition to the requirements of subsections (1) and (2), any person who owns or has possession, custody or control of a dog or cat shall not allow the animal to remain outdoors (except for brief walks and exercise) whenever the outside temperature falls below 32 degrees Fahrenheit or rises above 85 degrees Fahrenheit or whenever inclement weather conditions, including but not limited to rain, sleet, ice, snow or wind are likely to threaten the health or safety of the animal.

He says that as a dog lover himself, he was compelled to act. I can't see where this humane act would get any opposition on Council, but I'll let you know if it does.

While on this subject, a tip of the hat to Channel 3's Carol Erickson, who always cautions pet owners to bring in their animals if the weather is going to be severe.

Sadly, there are some people who own animals who don't have the first idea about the animals' needs or comfort. Education is what's called for, but it's hard to teach a dope to think.