Would you please allow me the luxury of venting about a topic I have deep personal feelings about at this point in my life.
To begin with, various news stations are focusing this week on the disturbing story of a large, gentle rescue dog, discovered with two gunshot wounds; one in the stomach, another shattering a thigh-bone. Though suffering, Shania, as she has been named, is now safe at a wonderful vet clinic in Edmonton that isn’t asking for money first before beginning expensive treatments. Just now, a news clip ran on the screen that thanks to an outpouring of donations made, the vet reports he can save her leg. The dog will not ever be 100 per cent but she will live.
My dog did not live. [Editor’s Note: Chippy, the Loyalist Dog Kennel’s mascot, was shot twice while in his kennel].
If the truth be known, I’m having trouble dealing with the fact so many low-lives are finding it to be a great sport to grab a gun and do some target practice but they don’t go to the shooting range. No, some family pets are ending up in their cross-hairs, as did Chippy.
It’s been my observation that the guilty parties, for the most part, are knuckle-draggers; just not that intelligent. Put a gun in their sweaty hands, they shoot at an easy target, the neighbour’s dog.
But now they’ve got a mess to try and sort their way out of. Hide the corpse and deny, deny, deny. These spineless creeps rarely man up to the owners about the dog’s fate. The murder of my little dog brought this glaring flaw right out in the open.
Chip didn’t die in vain; there is a large ground-swell of outrage and disgust over this murder. Most everyone in the Consort area has a pretty good idea who the perpetrators are.
An interesting slant I found out is that older people are viewing this to be an act of bullying toward a senior living alone in the country.
I had not a thought in this direction but it does make one stop and ponder, just a little.
Thank you for your time.
Leona Walsh, Loyalist Dog Kennels
In response to Marrian Bertin’s letter in the January 23 issue of the Review; her concerns about how cruel it is to abandon animals who depend on their owners to feed and shelter them.
Yes, it is tragic, but how about the seniors and children who are often left in much the same situations? Seems to us that people aught to be more important than animals, cats in particular. However, it seems that the world is far more concerned about animals, becoming more and more desensitized to be plight of people.
What about all the birds and other little creatures that these well cared for as well as abandoned cats catch, maul and torture, often leaving them wounded and dying a grusome death?
We like cats but since our children have all left home we choose not to have cats, dogs and other pets and as a result do not appreciate other people’s cats killing our birds, leaving their dirt in our flower and vegetable gardens, etcetera.
You can have your cats and other pets but kindly keep them contained to your own property.
Anita and Ben Domoslai
I read with interest Marrian Bertin’s Letter to the Editor (“How can they sleep at night?” January 23, 2014).
It seems the abandonment of animals is a problem everywhere. We live in Hughenden, where our daughter has helped stray (abandoned) pets for many years. Of course, family and friends try to do their part to help too. She spends a good deal of money for food, shelter, heat lamps and vet bills.
What a sad reflection of our society that so many people put out their cats or dogs when they move away, or drop them off out in the country to fend for themselves or become food for the coyotes.
Thank goodness for kind-hearted people who wouldn’t be able to sleep at night if they didn’t do something to ease the suffering of these pets.
Shame on you people who think that your pets are disposable when they become an inconvenience to you!