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When is Moore County going to get with the program?? This incident in Vass is not the first, and certainly won't be the last unless the laws in this county change. People who have animals are responsible for the health and well being. If you can't care for them properly, then you shouldn't have an animal--PERIOD! If you don't care for them properly, then you should be accountable. A dog tethered without food, water and adequate shelter is NOT unintentional. You just don't forget to feed/water your dog for several days. Death by starvation/dehydration is slow and tortuous. To die from exposure to extreme temperatures is also slow and painful. There have been several incidents (that we have knowledge of) over the past few years. For example, there were two pitbulls reported by a landlord down in Aberdeen a few years ago. Apparently, his tenant tethered these dogs outside in July when it was over 100 degrees. This wonderful person did not have adequate shelter for these dogs nor "continuous access to fresh water" per our Moore County Animal Control ordinance. One of those dogs was found dead and was just a lump of fur when it was found. Totally starved and dehydrated. Sounds like torture to me.
Another incident was just last winter. It was February, 2010. One of the coldest winters we have had in a long time. In Taylortown, two young pitbulls were found tethered outside and were not able to reach their shelters and froze to death. Now this incident in Vass this past February where 2 or 3 dogs were found tethered and dead.
We are tax payers in Moore County and would like to know exactly what is being done/or has been done to prevent these very sad situations. Yes, we would like some investigative reporting on these situations. Like the status of what exactly happens to these mean spirited people who kill their animals.
Yes, KILL their animals.
Dogs have feelings - they experience pain, hunger, thirst - they feel the cold and the heat - if you can feel it, so can they. Just because they do not "speak" your language, does not mean that they live without feelings.
This is such a wonderful letter about Timber. I am a volunteer at the Moore Humane Society and I remember the day Timber was brought to us. The story goes like this..
Moore Humane received a call from a lady who managed to get Timber away from two dogs that had a hold of him. She brought him right up to the shelter. He was a tiny(only 7-8 weeks old) wet ball of fur. He was not injured but clearly traumatized.
When he lifted his head and looked straight into our eyes, we know that this kitten was special. We knew that he was a survivor and a true warrior. He was immediately placed into foster care along with another kitten his age. He did extremely well in is foster home and ruled the kingdom there. I find it very appropriate that his forever momma and daddy would name him Rey(king). Bless you Mr. & Mrs. Newton for giving Rey
that second chance and allowing him to rule!
There is an Animal Control Ordinance in place. This ordinance does not exempt people because of their economic status. Animal Control is making excuses for the situation out at Lucas Road because of the owner's current economic status. The owner was clearly not in compliance with the current Animal Control ordinance. Plastic/metal barrels and dogs chained to cars does not comply with the Animal Control ordinance. This situation did not happen over night.
Bottom line, the animals suffered because of the lack of urgency on the part of Animal Control(2 years worth of lack of urgency). Animal Control, don't insult our intelligence!
Toda, yes I think a petition for an anti-tethering law is in order. They did pass one in Cumberland County. It is about time that Moore County bring itself into the 21st century. I think this county should take more pride in itself and care about how people view their treatment of animals. Gandhi said "You can judge a society by the way they treat their animals". Gandhi would be greatly disappointed.
Kudos to the residents of West End and Seven Lakes West for their perseverance in their efforts to resolve the deplorable situation at Lucas Road.
It is shameful that these conditions have existed for so long while we have animal control ordinances in place that prohibit this type
of treatment. As for enforcement, having a law in place and not enforcing it is the same as not having the law.
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