Hum­boldt County sher­iff’s of­fice has new fan in PETA

Times Standard (Eureka) - - OPINION - Teresa Cha­grin, An­i­mal Care and Con­trol Is­sues Man­ager, Peo­ple for the Eth­i­cal Treat­ment of An­i­mals (PETA)

Re: “Hum­boldt County Sher­iff’s Of­fice clar­i­fies its po­si­tion on un­adopt­able an­i­mals at the shel­ter” (March 3):

The Hum­boldt County Sher­iff’s Of­fice de­serves the com­mu­nity’s grat­i­tude and sup­port for pro­tect­ing an­i­mals and the public by en­sur­ing that its pol­icy against ware­hous­ing un­adopt­able an­i­mals is fol­lowed.

Shel­ters should be tem­po­rary safe havens for lost and home­less an­i­mals, not stor­age fa­cil­i­ties. Ware­hous­ing an­i­mals in cages for ex­tended pe­ri­ods of time is cruel and detri­men­tal to their psy­cho­log­i­cal and phys­i­cal well­be­ing. Longterm ken­nel­ing causes many an­i­mals to be­come with­drawn, se­verely de­pressed, hyper­ac­tive, or ag­gres­sive — and less adopt­able with ev­ery pass­ing day.

Plac­ing an­i­mals with his­to­ries of ag­gres­sion or an­i­mals who are se­verely ill or in­jured not only en­dan­gers the public, it of­ten re­sults in an­i­mals be­ing re­peat­edly re­turned, iso­lated, de­prived of ve­teri­nary care, and left to lan­guish.

We should all be out­raged by the an­i­mal over­pop­u­la­tion and home­less­ness cri­sis. The so­lu­tion lies in preven­tion. Peo­ple who are con­cerned should fo­cus on the root of the prob­lem, by pro­mot­ing and work­ing to make avail­able low-cost and free spay/neuter ser­vices, and urg­ing leg­is­la­tors to pass spay/neuter re­quire­ments and laws out­law­ing the un­reg­u­lated breed­ing and sale of an­i­mals by breed­ers, pet shops, flea mar­kets, and puppy mills. With so many an­i­mals in need of good homes, no one should be wors­en­ing the cri­sis by breed­ing or buy­ing more. To learn more, visit www. PETA.org.

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