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Letter to the Editor

Animal Welfare Ordinance "past due"

web posted January 21, 2010
Dear Editor,
Our need for animal cruelty and neglect ordinances is past due.  The level of abuse, neglect, and simply not caring should no longer be acceptable for our county and communities.  Excuses like “It’s just the way it is” or “That’s the way we’ve always done it” are not reasons to sit back and do nothing.

If for one moment you could imagine yourself in the situations that some of our animals are in, I believe there would not be one person that could object to the proposed ordinances.  Imagine standing with a chain attached to your neck that weighs double your own body weight sitting in the hot sun with no water. Worse yet, there is some water, dirty and soured near by, but you just can’t quite reach it because of the chain. Put yourself in their place. 

Some animals have to stand, sit, eat and sleep in their own feces, barely able to turn around, never to be able to play, run in the grass or even be clean, and not to mention, raise their babies in this cage.  That is the life of a puppy mill dog. 

Please don’t think that we do not have any in our area because we do.  I have seen the end result of these pets, whether it is the breeder dog or her offspring.  It is day after day, week after week, year after year of complete torture, that is, until they can no longer reproduce, then they are just discarded, and it starts all over again with a new pair of dogs. 

Just imagine being so hungry that your body has to burn muscle just to stay alive.  Every bone in your body protrudes and your eyes are matted, and the fleas and ticks are sucking the life out of you.  This is what some of our animals lives consist of.

I believe that it is time to do whatever it takes to stop this from happening in our communities.  We need to practice and teach compassion and empathy for our most true and loyal of all friends ... our pets.

Denise Lee Holcomb
Founder, All God’s Creatures


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