Letter to the editor — November 18, 2010

I am writing this letter as a citizen of Allen County independent from ACARF (Allen County Animal Rescue Facility).
I think this is an appropriate time to remind those cruel and cowardly people who drop pets off in the country exactly what does happen to those pets. Rural residents are so tired of these poor animals being abandoned to fend for themselves. Country dwellers already have all the animals that they can care for properly.
There was a case recently where five beautiful and very sick pups were left at the landfill. I won’t go in to detail, but the pups didn’t survive. How sad.
The following poem is directed at people that don’t get their pets spayed or neutered. Isn’t altering one’s pet better than dropping off the offspring to die? Winter is almost here. I’d like to see the offenders dropped off in the middle of nowhere without food, water or shelter and see how long they last.
I have had this in the Register before and think some people need a reminder. If you can’t take care of the animal and don’t want litters, don’t get the animal in the first place! Puppies turn into dogs, kittens into cats. It’s not their fault that they produce offspring.

By Kathy Flood

A dog sits waiting in the cold Autumn sun
Too faithful to leave, too frightened to run.
He’s been here for days now with nothing to do
but sit by the road waiting for you.
He can’t understand why you left him that day,
He thought you and he were stopping to play.
He’s sure you’ll come back, and that’s why he stays.
How long will he suffer? How many more days?
His legs have grown weak, his throat’s parched and dry.
He’s sick now from hunger and falls with a sigh.
He lays down his head and closes his eyes.
I wish you could see how a waiting dog dies.

Hazel Jones,
Iola, Kan.

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