Letter to the Editor

Cassville community failing in caring for animals

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Dear Editor:

Mahatma Ghandi said, "The greatness of a society and its moral progress can be judged by the way it treats its animals."

This being said, we are failing here in our community and county. We have uncared-for animals running loose in Cassville, and countless dogs and cats are dropped off in rural areas by uncaring people. Unwanted puppies and kittens are given away in the Walmart parking lot with no thought as to their futures. Some are just left there.

Stray animals, more often than not, meet unfortunate fates. They can starve to death, become traffic fatalities, succumb to predators or contract fatal illnesses or injuries and die painful deaths.

Religions believe a person who is cruel to a defenseless animal will be cruel to defenseless people, and a person who cares for the lowest of creatures will care for his fellow man.

For those people who think they have the right to dump an unwanted animal, what rights are being violated to those people that put up with all these animals?

Animal neglect and abandonment is a class C misdemeanor on the first conviction, and a class B misdemeanor for subsequent convictions. Animal abuse is a class A misdemeanor unless there are previous convictions.

We need to stress that all pets not used for breeding programs be spayed or neutered. And, we need to create awareness and understanding on the proper treatment of animals; to treat animals with respect, prevent harm to them and, in the long run, eliminate stray, abused and unwanted animals within our community and county.

Patricia Kindler