Dumping animals is cruel beyond belief

November 11, 2003

Dear Editor:

A Danville veterinarian told us recently of a motorist dumping a litter of kittens near the clinic and driving off, leaving some of the kittens to die beneath the wheels of passing cars and some to be rescued by the clinic staff.

Although it's hard to imagine someone being cruel enough to do that, it happens much more frequently than you'd imagine. At the Danville-Boyle County Humane Society, we get boxes of kittens or puppies that people have found dumped on the roadside. Sometimes these unfortunate animals are in garbage bags, tossed out like trash. The ones who make it to the animal shelter are lucky. The others who survive the traffic are left to fend for themselves, something very difficult for domestic animals who depend on humans for their needs.

Dumping any kind of trash on the roadside is illegal. Dumping animals is cruel beyond belief and totally unnecessary. The Humane Society accepts all unwanted animals. We feed, vaccinate and de-worm them, and treat them with kindness while they are in our care. We do our best to find homes for them, and if that isn't possible, they die a humane death by injection.


If you have cats or dogs, kittens or puppies that you don't want, please do not dump them at the end of a country road or in front of a veterinary clinic thinking they'll be taken in by some kind soul. There simply aren't enough homes for all the cats and dogs that are being born. More likely, they'll die under the wheels of a car, starve to death or meet some other cruel fate. Bring them to the animal shelter. That's why we're here. We are located on the bypass beside the Boyle County Fairgrounds and can be reached at 238-1117.

And remember, if you neuter your animals, you won't have unwanted litters in the first place. Allowing pets to breed indiscriminately is irresponsible and costly to our county and society in general.

Sallie Bright

Outreach coordinator

Danville-Boyle County Humane Society

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