Bureaucrats overly complicate family's efforts to find its missing dog.
A family’s beloved dog is missing after their vehicle was involved in a serious car wreck. Maggie, a 4-year-old Cockapoo, fled the accident scene and her family desperately wants to bring her home, but city bureaucrats are complicating recovery efforts.
The Ladensack family told NBC News in Durham, N.C. that they have checked local dog shelters, posted notices on Craigslist and in locals newspapers to no avail. They also posted nearly 600 ‘missing’ posters in the local area which has landed them in trouble with local bureacrats.
According to the Durham Planning Department, the family’s ‘missing dog’ signs are in violation of city code that prohibits posting flyers on utility polls. If the signs are not removed immediately, officials said, the Ladensacks will be fined.
“They’re threatening to hurt us for trying to do the only thing it’s possible for us to do, to get her face out there so people know we loved her and missed her,” Trish Ladensack, Maggie’s owner, told NBC. “To me it seems cruel and rotten,” said Trish Ladensack.
Despite the family’s pleas for compassion from city officials, Planning Department Director Steve Medlin said the Ladensack’s had two options they could consider: Continue posting signs on utility polls and face a $500 a day fine or post them in the public right of way alongside political campaign signs.
Interestingly, the city considers ‘missing dog’ flyers “commercial speech” because they solicit the public. Posting them in the public right of way makes them “non-commercial” speech because the signs do not advertise a commercial service.
Make sense? Of course it doesn’t! We’re dealing with big government bureaucrats who read and write laws as they benefit themselves, not the constituents whose best interests they were elected to represent and protect.
Contact the Durham Planning Department if you believe the Ladensack family is being treated unfairly in its attempts to recover the family’s lost dog.
Send E-mail to Durham City/County Planning Department
Steve Medlin, Director
101 City Hall Plaza
Durham, NC 27701