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No excuse for animal abuse

Published: Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

When you choose to take on the responsibility of having any kind of animal in your life, along with it comes specific obligations.

Love, nurturing, attention, food, shelter, bathing, walks or grazing outside, the right-sized collars and halters, immunizations, checkups at the vet; the list goes on and on. If you can’t meet any of those obligations, then give them to a good home before things go wrong or bad.

Neglecting an animal also is abuse. Trying to blame someone else instead of taking action to get or give help before the animal is injured, maimed or scarred for life comes from within, because taking action before things get bad is the right thing to do. If you know and see that there is something wrong and you choose to look the other way, it makes you just as guilty.

These animals can’t speak, but you can tell by their actions or how they look whether something is wrong if you loved your animal. Abuse is abuse, no matter what degree it is, and people should be held accountable for their actions. They should own up to what their part was in the neglected and take responsibility for their actions.

Those of us who truly care about our animals go to any length to make sure they are well cared for. These animals love unconditionally, are at their owners’ mercy, and deserve to be treated with love and respect.

There is no excuse for abuse to any animal. Ever.

Sherri Messina

Spring Grove

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