I am responding to the article in the Feb. 19 edition of ThisWeek Bexley concerning the allowed number of dogs in Bexley. My husband, Karl, and I have fostered and placed many dogs and as a result, now have five of our own dogs. I would like to inform the public that these five consist of a 19-pound West Highland white terrier, a 28-pound terrier mix, two 10-pound toy poodles and a 65-pound mix. Four of the five dogs are 10 years or older.

I am responding to the article in the Feb. 19 edition of ThisWeek Bexley concerning the allowed number of dogs in Bexley. My husband, Karl, and I have fostered and placed many dogs and as a result, now have five of our own dogs. I would like to inform the public that these five consist of a 19-pound West Highland white terrier, a 28-pound terrier mix, two 10-pound toy poodles and a 65-pound mix. Four of the five dogs are 10 years or older.

We have lived at our current residence for six years and have never had a violation or complaint of any kind. The shelters are overcrowded and there are millions of homeless dogs in the U.S., and I cannot see any benefit to turning two into a shelter for the taxpayers to support. I believe the city of Bexley should discern between responsible and irresponsible homes, and not prevent those of us who truly care, take good care of our pets and are responsible neighbors and citizens from giving some of these animals a loving home by limiting the number.

The nuisance laws currently cover problems whether you have three or five dogs. Mayor Brennan assumed that "rehabilitation" meant a dangerous dog. The dog I referred to at the safety committee meeting is a 10-pound poodle bichon mix rescued from a puppy mill, where she was being bred to death. She was in poor health, half-starved and had never been outside of a cage. She was unable to go up and down steps, drink from a bowl and had never walked in the grass. Every new experience was terrifying for her. When you experience the resilience and heart some of these dogs have, it touches you very deeply and you realize that you can make a difference.

I suggest Mayor Brennan educate himself as to the plight of the many suffering dogs and cats in Ohio and elsewhere. My husband, Karl, is currently in Kabul, Afghanistan, working for the federal government, and this has been a stressful time for me and our two poodles, which are temporarily with a relative. I would like to thank our wonderful friends and neighbors for all their support. If Bexley does not support a variance to obtain a permit, we will be putting our house on the market and unfortunately leaving Bexley. A house is just a building but a home for us is where our dogs are.