Letters to the Editor

Posted: Monday, July 23, 2001

There's absolutely no excuse for unwanted litters of dogs, cats

I would like to address this to the folks who use Excuse No. 51 "Not to Neuter My Pet": "I want my children to experience the miracle of birth," wind up with a litter of kittens or puppies and discover they can't find homes for all of them.

Specifically, this is directed to the ones who take the coward's way out and drop them off on remote roads, say Funny River Road or K-Beach Road, to fend for themselves.

I hope that you followed through with the "teachable" moment thing that was the excuse for the litter in the first place and took your children with you so they could see the look of shock and fear when the puppy realizes it is being left. I wish you could see them as they sit in the spot you left them and wait for you to come back for them or listen to them cry at night because they are scared, hungry, cold and can't find their mama.

The unlucky ones get hit, attacked by wolves, coyotes, moose, other dogs or shot. Very few of them are lucky enough to find my driveway. I have been able to take a few into my home, but I learned long ago and the hard way that I can't save them all.

I did learn that I can at the very least take them to the pound so that they do not suffer. If I can do that, so can you!

The other thing I learned is that the only way to stop this is to spay or neuter your pets. The Alaska SPCA has a mobile spay-neuter clinic that makes regular visits to the area. Please, people, take advantage of it. Call 262-1624 for more information.

Quit with all the dumb excuses. Be responsible. I always get upset because I just can't even imagine what you are thinking as you shove a very young puppy out the door of your car and take off! It always brings tears to my eyes, but as I get older these are tears of anger.

Fair warning: Somewhere, who knows where, is a woman who is watching. I will take license numbers, I will report it and I will pray that your karma catches up to you in an appropriate way.

Ethel M. Riley, Kasilof

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