Today, April 17, my cat was peacefully lounging in the sun on our backyard deck on downtown Columbia Street, when in seconds he was brought to his demise by a burly black Lab/Rottweiler type-mix who treated him like a rag doll. I am very disturbed by this incident for two reasons: Firstly, my cat of 8 years is dead, and secondly, I feel extremely violated. As far as I'm concerned, this particular dog is of the same caliber as a wild coyote living in the countryside feasting on small pets. I have two small children and want to know that my pets and children are safe in my own backyard. There are entirely too many dogs constantly running lose downtown that are not necessarily safe for the general public. Would those of you whom have dogs that occasionally or always roam free please take responsibility for your role as a "Dog Owner" and contain your dog at all times? This is a serious responsibility and it would be nice to feel safe in our neighborhoods and yards and not feel the necessity to build fences, barriers, or walls between us, just so we can be safe from dogs within the city limits. Since I needed to tend to my dying cat, I was unable to track down the dog. If there is anyone who has information regarding this incident please call county animal control at 386-2098.