Use compassion in solving dog issue

Word about the Soldotna stray dog has spread throughout the state or at least as far as Fairbanks where I was last week. Folks up there and in Anchorage are curious to see how the community will handle it. Whatever is done needs to be in the best interest of the dog and community. I would hope that the Soldotna would choose to make every effort to keep the dog alive before looking at alternatives.

I think I can understand the Chief of Soldotna’s objection to outside intervention if for no other reason then to allow the community to work out a better, long-run solution.

I can think of a possible solution, that, being to stop bothering and agitating the dog. To accomplish this would take some effort on our parts but it is possible. He or she is a survivor, probably deserted by a traveler or resident. Having seen the dog quite often, I can tell it is used to humans and even seems to desire the human affection it once had but at this point is too afraid to trust a world that has become hostile.

Perhaps the community could choose a volunteer or volunteers in the dogs most frequented neighborhoods that would give food and shelter to the animal. Let trust develop and welcome the dog. Once our proximity to the dog is increased, the opportunities for good solutions is increased.

The outcome could be a great example for a community to make about how solve a problem with compassion and a desire to preserve life.

Pat Wendt

Soldotna

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