An­i­mal thiev­ery

Austin American-Statesman - - OPINION -

Re: July 17 ar­ti­cle “Del Valle man un­happy with po­lice af­ter koi search.”

Ap­par­ently theft of an­i­mals from city fa­cil­i­ties is more com­mon­place than we might imag­ine.

While I am sorry to hear that the koi were stolen from the Isamu Taniguchi Ja­panese Gar­den, I was sur­prised to learn that 10 to 12 of­fi­cers were in­ves­ti­gat­ing the theft.

At least one dog was stolen from Town Lake An­i­mal Cen­ter this past week, but that does not ap­pear to be newsworthy. I can’t even get con­fir­ma­tion that it was re­ported to the po­lice, much less that any­thing is be­ing done to pur­sue the case or pre­vent re­peat prob­lems.

The shel­ter staff seem to con­sider the theft of some an­i­mals to be just part of do­ing busi­ness. How sad. JeAnette lAr­son


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