I am a dog lover. I have been all my life. I was fortunate enough to grow up in a family that loves dogs and I have enjoyed dogs as members of my family most of my adult life.
Many of my dogs were adopted from shelters. I’m not so full of myself that I say I rescued them. Shelters do wonderful work and they deserve our support, especially fi nancial support.
I read with great interest the July 15 Gazette article about Pongo, the 10-year-old beagle currently in the Gloversville Animal Shelter. The dog, abandoned by its owner and temporary guardian (both of whom are known) was found by city police one month ago and taken to the shelter. The temporary guardian has since been charged with cruelty to animals.
The shelter is now trying to raise $3,500 for surgery on a 10-year-old dog. I can’t help but wonder how many other, younger dogs, some of which may be killed if not adopted, could be helped by that $3,500.
How about this: The district attorney offers to drop the cruelty to animals charge if the dog’s temporary guardian or owner pays the money needed for surgery.
If that offer is rejected, Pongo should be kept comfortable until the end, gently put to sleep and the money raised in memory of Pongo should be used to support the many other dogs which the shelter cares for now, or will care for in the future.
EMERSON VAN PATTEN
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