About Garth Christie
- Township Clerk

Garth Christie

Garth Christie is a life-long resident of Redford and an honor graduate from Thurston High School, the University of Michigan Dearborn (B.A.), and Wayne State University (J.D.). He is a member in good standing of the State Bar of Michigan.

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Regular Board Meeting dates for 2016

January 12 & 26
February 9 & 23
March 15 & 29
April 12 & 26
May 10 & 24
June 14 & 28
July 19
August 9 & 23
September 13 & 27
October 11 & 25
November 15 & 29
December 13

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Feature Story

January 2016

Talk About the Animals
by Garth Christie

Thanks to a recent report shown on Channel 7, when residents have a rat issue they call me so, I wasn’t surprised when I got a call just before Christmas from a neighbor who caught a rat in her toilet. She disposed of the rat calmly, if not bravely, and called for contact information for the local newspapers. The episode inspired her to write a poem – a parody of “Twas the Night Before Christmas” – and she hoped a local paper would print her clever word play. She thanked me for the phone numbers and told me how much she enjoyed reading about Autobahn in the Redford Connection. I get that a lot.

A few months ago I was walking Autobahn in Rotary Park in Livonia (our favorite) when two distinguished ladies with Golden Retrievers approached from the opposite direction. “Is that Autobahn?” one called out. I waited until we got a little closer – even though I’m a Marine I don’t like to yell – we all laughed and I had to ask how they knew. They explained that they also were Redford residents and enjoyed reading about Autobahn in the Redford Connection. That time I was surprised.

When I write about Autobahn it is always to promote responsible pet ownership. I admit to a 30 year gap in dog ownership but I read a book so now I’m almost an expert. Unattended dog feces are a significant food source for rats. Fall is a very tricky time to pick up the poop. Leaves from your trees and bushes can disguise the smaller poops so watch out! You are not going to step in the big kielbasa sized poop; it’s always one of the smaller satellite poops. Also, check your shoes before you go back in the house or you could have an even bigger mess to clean up inside and I didn’t learn that from a book.

Responsible pet ownership needs to be promoted. We can’t give trophies for picking up the poop; however, we shouldn’t make a hero out of the guy who lost his 10 month old Siberian Husky when he left it tied to a pole while he went shopping. My sister-in-law is a retired law enforcement officer and had the same fears I did when we read the article; bait dog for pitbulls, serial killers begin on animals. Fortunately the dog was returned unharmed but that guy is not a hero, he’s an idiot.

The most horrid example of irresponsible dog ownership involved mixed pitbulls escaping from a poorly secured yard, snatching a 4 year old boy from his mother’s grasp, dragging him away and eating him while his mother screamed in horror. Attorney Mark Bernstein is now involved. Could this happen here?

Recently a neighbor was walking her Belgian Shepherd mix in the vicinity of Hilbert Middle School when two pitbull mixes escaped from a poorly secured yard and attacked her. Her dog bravely took most of the bites and she was left with small cuts and a big vet bill.

Redford took a big step forward when we passed our “vicious dog” ordinance rather than attempting to regulate an elusively defined breed. We need to do more. First we need to realize that vicious dogs on the loose are potential lethal weapons and present a threat that is different in nature from a guy building a deck without a permit. We need a serious comprehensive plan.


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