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Life or death for dog? Shelter staff made right decision

By January 26, 2011

EDITOR:

Front page of today’s paper: “Dog shelter double-cross?”

Our El Dorado County Animal Shelter staff are forced to make life or death decisions daily and I applaud them for recognizing that Sophie the cocker spaniel deserved a second chance. Clearly this family was not a good match for this dog from the start; it’s just sad that it took a death sentence to uncover it.

Shame on Sophie’s previous owners on so many levels. Any loving pet owner would have been thrilled that their pet had been given a second chance rather than the death sentence that was paid for. Was Sophie’s life not worth the extra $15 you paid for the euthanasia fee over the surrender fee? I only hope that you will never have another pet or at least not until you educate yourself on the benefits of a good dog trainer and learn to follow the advice of your veterinarian.

I challenge anyone critical of this decision by Animal Services to volunteer at our county Animal Shelter and walk in the shoes of our Animal Services staff to see what they deal with every day.

SANDRA GALLAGHER

Diamond Springs

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