To the editor:
National economic crisis. Global unrest. High unemployment. Mortgage meltdown. Natural weather disasters. We are bombarded with negative information. Yet, in the midst of the recent tornado outbreaks across the Midwest, you may have seen the story about the family dog swept up in the tornado, only to crawl back home a few days later with two broken back legs. Now, that’s determination. And, that dog knew he had a family that loved and cared for him.
The stressors of life, whatever they are, sometimes make us do strange and illogical things. For example, in our area lately there’s been an outbreak of illogical thinking and poor judgment on the part of so called well intended pet owners. Overwhelmed, broke, or just fed up, they are dumping their animals on the side of the road, at local businesses, or wherever. The poor unsuspecting animal is left to die in the heat, get run over, or pray that some kind soul stops to lend a hand.
A few recent cases in point: Friday morning the Williston Animal Group (W.A.G.) volunteer reports to the shelter to feed, water, and exercise the dogs. Unsuspecting, she lets two of the dogs out to run and play while she cleans. What she doesn’t know is that someone has dumped a small dog over the perimeter fence. The two large dogs attack the small dog, killing it. Calling Williston Code Enforcement for help, she’s told that he’ll be along shortly: someone else has dumped a dog at the Levy Veterinary Clinic on busy Rt.41. Three weeks ago, a man in a large pick-up truck stops by the side of a busy road, opens the door, and throws a Chihuahua puppy into the street and takes off, the poor puppy running madly behind him. Someone leaves two small dogs in a tiny crate at the entrance to the Williston maintenance yard. And on, and on.
We expect our national and international leaders to make sound logical decisions to help us out of our economic and international crisis. We expect our local leaders to have our best interest at heart when they make decisions affecting our welfare. We expect our parents to protect us and guide us into adulthood. But how about those without a voice? Who will speak for them? Who will make logical decisions on their behalf? Who will protect them?
Folks, there are options. Think about what you are doing. How would you feel if someone did this to you? There are some things in life that are not “throw-away” nor have a “recyclable” label sewn on. Among them your children and your pets. Every county has an Animal Control Unit. The city of Williston has its own Code Enforcement Officer. Supporting county animal control departments in our area are a number of rescue organizations that can provide help. Yes, at times we are full. But, if you are logical, take responsibility, use good judgment, and keep the best interest of your pet first, you can find options other than dumping.
The tornado dog is back home, mending after his ordeal. His family is overjoyed. Think about it. If this were your dog, would he have come crawling home?