Indifference to animals the greatest cruelty

August 24, 2004

Dear Editor:

One female dog and her offspring can produce 67,000 dogs over a period of six years. One female cat and her offspring can produce 420,000 cats over a period of seven years. It goes without saying that the un-neutered males and females are jointly responsible for these outrageous figures. There are simply not enough homes for all these animals. They are all too often exposed to a life of misery, abuse, and pain, then sentenced to death merely for the crime of being born. Spaying and neutering is the only way to ever change these statistics.

Any way you choose to look at it, pet overpopulation is a community problem. As members of a community, we will be taxed for services we may never personally use and may never truly appreciate. We must invest in this community to live in it. We should expect to take from the community only if we are willing to give back to it. Laws are not created for the individuals who abide by them. They are required because some individuals act without regard for those around them.


Many pet "owners" have little or no concern for the animal in their care and out of this irresponsibility, cruelty is born. Unaltered pets that are not permitted to breed are the exception rather than the rule. The vast majority of unaltered pets run at large and breed indiscriminately. If not brutally killed by the "owner," abandoned on a roadside to die a horrible death, or dumped at the local humane society to be euthanized, the offspring grow up and begin reproducing. Thus, the senseless cycle continues.

As do human children, animals need and want guidance, supervision, and care. They must have a responsible human being to make decisions for them that they are not capable of making. Mother Nature may have made them capable of reproducing, but she gave us, as humans, the knowledge and ability to protect them from what they do not understand. As their guardians, we should not allow them to indiscriminately reproduce any more than we should a 12-year-old human child who may be physically capable of doing so. Unlike a human adult of average intelligence, animals cannot weigh the alternatives or what the future possibly holds for their offspring before they create them.

If a differential cost for the required dog license is determined to be appropriate by our elected officials, it will most likely be small and insignificant and must be enforced to actually make a difference. Some of our elected officials openly acknowledge that they do not license their own dogs and indicate that they have no expectation of the differential cost law being enforced even if it becomes such. They seem to think that having coyotes kill and eat the strays is a sensible solution. One official even boasted in a recent fiscal court meeting of shooting dogs who dared to come onto his property.

Perhaps we should contact our fiscal court representatives and encourage them to be less indifferent. In the meantime, there are those of us who will continue to advocate for the rights of the innocent whether it be a human child, the elderly, or a voiceless animal. We will continue to use our time, talents, and financial support for what we believe is the only hope for a kinder, gentler world.

Darlene Cook


Sadie's Animal Rescue and Adoption Inc.


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