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June 09, 2016

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Rita Lyons

I agree with almost everything you said, except for the part where you paint a broad brush across the entire field of animal control. I have been a member of and serving on the board of several groups that work with county animal shelters, all were so called 'kill shelters', and I have been an employee at a 'no-kill' shelter. I have to say that there are strong animal advocates who work to do everything they can to get animals into homes or rescues at both types of shelters, and there are those who do not, in both types of shelters. I have seen 'no-kill' shelters also have to turn away animals when they are full, and no rescues would take them. Guess where those animals end up? It all depends on the shelter staff, the local government, the local communities of the individual shelters. You should not antagonize needlessly the very group (government animal control) you are trying to convince to work with you. I completely agree that Galax needs changes, and that they should not have killed this dog if there were other options, but not all shelters are Galax. There are actually those who do everything they can to work with the local humane organizations, and rescue groups. I know this first-hand. Please continue the good work you do, but please consider your wording and how it can affect the very goals you are aiming for.

Charlynn Clark

This is so sad!

Robin Robertson Starr

Rita - I am happy to post your comment but you do not appear to have actually read what I wrote. I said "Not all of them [meaning government animal control shelters]would do this by any means but, when one of them does, it really erodes public confidence that they actually care about the welfare of animals." It could not have been clearer that I was saying that they all do not act this way but this sort of action is what makes the public question their commitment to saving animals and it negatively affects the good ones. Those animal control agencies that do work hard to save animals' lives should make efforts to persuade their less compassionate peers that they should be more progressive so as to ensure that members of the public trust their local government agency.

Lynn Brown

Thank you for this post - and thank you for everything you did to save this dog. I have a dog I love more than anything, named Jonah. He would never hurt anyone - but if he encountered a chicken, I'm sure his instincts would kick in and he would most likely hurt the chicken; not because he's a dangerous dog, but because he's a natural predator. I'm very sad to say that my dog encountered a rabbit last year, and killed the rabbit. I was super upset, but not at my dog, I was upset at myself for not having my dog on a leash at the time. It was my fault, not my dog's. My dog killed the rabbit and I am very sorry for that, but that certainly does not mean that Jonah needs to die! Same with the dog that you were trying to save. Senseless, absolutely senseless.

TRACY WILLIAMS

This dogs owner and society have failed miserably. Very sad to see such a cute dog senselessly murdered. Who knows if the dog even killed a chicken.

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