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STORY ABOUT DOG DISPUTE IN ALDEN TOLD ONLY ONE SIDE OF THE STORY

We question the methods of journalism used by The Buffalo News in the handling of a story regarding Ms. Cepura and her dogs. It was totally biased. The newspaper reporter never even approached us for our comments.

There were misleading statements in these articles, such as the dog's being an aging and infirm mongrel, when in fact only 16 months ago Ms. Cepura stated to the town zoning officer that this same dog was only a puppy. Also, that the dog was skin and bones with a frightened manner, when in fact we have pictures of him on our property, looking quite healthy.

Her dogs had been running loose, defecating on our property. We complained to Ms. Cepura about this ongoing problem many times to no avail. We talked to the building inspector and the dog warden and reluctantly contacted the Alden Town Board, which sympathized with us and told the proper authorities to help us out.

Ms. Cepura has quickly forgotten how these rotten neighbors have helped her through the years -- helping her maintain her property and home, running errands for her, cleaning her house while she was hospitalized, taking her to church and even helping her to bury one of her pet dogs that had died.

We do not object to anyone having pets for security or companionship. We do object to living next door to a house that resembles a kennel and we feel we have certain rights as property owners also.

SUSAN & THOMAS ZOLNOWSKI
Alden

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