Archive for Thursday, February 19, 2009

Letter: Animal cruelty concerns

February 19, 2009

To the editor:

Two recent articles in the Leavenworth Times highlight the need for better action against animal cruelty in Leavenworth County.

A boxer, “chained up”, was shot. Chaining is cruel. That is why many municipalities limit the amount of time animals can be chained or tethered. The Humane Society of the U.S. says that “dogs are naturally social beings who thrive on interaction with human beings and other animals. A dog kept chained in one spot for hours, days, months or even years suffers immense psychological damage. An otherwise friendly and docile dog, when kept continuously chained, becomes neurotic, unhappy, anxious and often aggressive.”

Aside from that, this poor dog was chained outdoors in bitter cold, windy weather, if memory serves. That’s simply inhumane.

This boxer was shot, which is a crime in itself. Whoever shot the animal should be prosecuted.

Finally, this poor dog was left to suffer from the time the injury was discovered Saturday until Monday when it was taken to a veterinarian and euthanized. What kind of caring owner lets an animal suffer this way? Allowing this dog to suffer with its injury for the entire weekend was simply cruel and irresponsible.

The way this story was reported, there were at least three crimes — cruelty by the shooter, criminal neglect by the owner, and failure of law enforcement to insist that the animal receive proper medical attention. Surely, we can all do better than this.

Crystal Swann Blackdeer



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