An­i­mal con­trol de­ci­sion a step back

Cecil Whig - - OPINION -

FROM: KERI JO ALLEN ELK­TON

It seems A Buddy for Life is no longer go­ing to be Ce­cil County’s an­i­mal shel­ter.

County Ex­ec­u­tive Tari Moore has de­cided the best course of ac­tion is to have it han­dled in-house, by county work­ers. The best way to sup­port and pro­tect our de­fense­less an­i­mals is to take them away from peo­ple whose only con­cern is just that … the an­i­mals?

I spent a lot of time at A Buddy for Life and tried to sup­port them ev­ery way I could. You can see it is not just a pay­check to them. They are not just work­ers hired to do a job. It is their pas­sion. They truly love the an­i­mals and give hope and sup­port to them.

I won­der what Ce­cil County is now go­ing to do with the more than 80 dogs and 40 cats that are cur­rently in the care of A Buddy for Life? The ones who will have to be eu­th­a­nized be­cause they can’t find a home by July 1? Will the county now be tak­ing them in? Or are you go­ing to re­mind us you are un­der no obli­ga­tion to help them as they are not your con­cern af­ter the five-day hold? Will you let these an­i­mals be killed?

The peo­ple in Ce­cil County, the ones our county gov­ern­ment are sup­posed to rep­re­sent, do not want this! How can you take us this giant step back­ward over an­i­mal aware­ness when we were go­ing so far? The only ones suf­fer­ing are yet again these de­fense­less an­i­mals who rely on hu­mans for com­pas­sion and life.

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