Information just floating around on the Old Highland Listserv and forwarded to JNS blog by I'm-not-saying-who reveals the City of Minneapolis is THINKING ABOUT enforcing a state nuisance statute against John Adrian Handy. Handy has already been convicted once of animal cruelty but recently more dogs (illegal for Handy to possess if over 20 pounds) were found at his homestead by police; specifically at 1417 Fremont Avenue North.
An official with the Fourth Precinct told neighbors it was great news and they should...
JNS blog is not yet in "savor" mode because I'm too busy being bowled over by the fact our state has a nuisance statute and city officials are actually THINKING about applying it to an ugly situation in North Minneapolis rather than just letting our pot of soup simmer in its own savory chaos. Oh, but please keep in mind the matter has merely been "referred."
No, friends and neighbors, kids of all ages, our city officials are not yet at the point of actually DOING something and yet we (the decent people who read neighborhood listservs about neighborhood issues) should "savor" this moment. "Savor it" because our public officials are MULLING OVER whether they can help neighbors and innocent animals with this dusty old statute found at the bottom of a legal library "Free Box," it would appear.
I guess when innocent animals are involved the human neighbors and their children stand a much greater chance of actually receiving some help from our city. Good to know. Increasingly, in light of the death of a senior citizen Good Samaritan, a prevailing sentiment in the neighborhood is we have been abandoned by public officials and the judicial system. The "thin blue line" of cops have not abandoned us, thank God, but our public officials have failed to maintain police numbers and provide sufficient reinforcements.
So how about duplicating this "savory" legal action against dozens and dozens of nuisance properties which threaten the peace of safety of residents in North Minneapolis? There are scores of residents who could provide a list of such properties off the top of their head.