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Borough must open eyes to animal abuse, neglect

Posted: August 13, 2014 - 8:58am

A borough wide solution concerning animal abuse, neglect and starvation is way overdue. I’m tired of the powers that be thinking of us as just bleeding hearts. Let them see some of the horrors we have seen and try and sleep because there isn’t any backing, so our hands are tied. You get a ticket for “molesting a fish” — yes, this term is for real — but you can starve and abuse livestock and pets. Do they not know what feeling hungry is like? Starvation is a very painful and cruel way to go and is considered prolonged pain and suffering according to our statutes. Wildlife Troopers can chase people up and down the riverbank and hide in the bushes and give out tickets. Maybe this could be their job — not only protecting the wildlife but domestic animals too. Their “boundaries” are not limited.

Time to wake up people, you have a problem here. It is the responsibility of the Kenai Peninsula Borough to come up with a solution and quickly. I basically deal with the larger animals and the problem is as bad for them as the dog and cat issue only on a much larger scale financially and rehab time.

I know of the Knight Drive issue — been there — dogs eating their own pups because of hunger, pups freezing to death on steps of the porch because bitch whelped there at 30 below. What people do not get is when there is animal abuse and neglect it goes hand in hand with drug/alcohol abuse domestic violence, child abuse and or neglect. Where you find one issue you’re bound to find another. Turning a deaf ear and closing a blind eye will not make the problem go away; it will continue and grow. The other boroughs are at a wonder why we do not take care of our animal issues. We, as far as I am concerned, are the armpit of Alaska when it comes to this issue. I am also sickened by our homeless children numbers and the rampant drug issues we have.

Thirty years and over 300 horses, llamas, goats and cows we personally have taken in and rehabbed, I’m thinking I have done my part — time for someone else to run with the ball. You can bet your last dime when “National Geographic” comes here to film our farm this fall they are going to get an earful about what goes on in our borough as far as the neglect of the animals and why we have to do it on our own.

Speak for those who cannot speak for themselves. To see wrong and do nothing makes you a sharer of the guilt.

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luvak52 08/13/14 - 02:33 pm
Well said!!

I, too, am stunned by the lack of concern in the borough for animals in need. It seems to be a "pass the buck" routine. Animals suffer; they hurt and feel pain. They hunger and thirst; they need love and care. Animals are not things; they are living, breathing creatures who depend on US to care for them. Animal abuse/neglect and hoarding are real problems all over the country, but we can do better HERE in the Kenai Borough! Be vigilant; if you see animals in your neighborhood or anywhere that are obviously starving, in need of medical care or roaming around, reach out and ask someone what to do! You can do that here: Ask for advice....a lot of people will help guide you! This is a community problem that must be addressed.

shyeene 08/14/14 - 01:41 am

I have no doubt there is a problem in the unincorporated areas in the district but the ballot wording is too vague and I am concerned how the funding for animal control will handled if this proposition is to pass. I don't believe we should vote to pass a ballot so poorly explained and defined.

luvak52 08/16/14 - 10:23 pm

This is just an advisory vote on Prop A on Oct. 7 to find out how the folks in the borough feel about having animal control out in the rural areas, outside of city limits. No laws will be changed at this time, but it will be a guide for the Assembly and those of us in the borough who would like to see animals have some protection. It will give everyone a chance to have input on how this will be done and how the money will be spent. Please, give this a chance to go to the next step!

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