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To The Editor:
To those of you who know me as the Waitsfield dog warden, you may also know that I do this job because I care for animals of all kinds. I have been so very fortunate that in this job I have met many a dog owner who loves and cares for their animals with the simple purchase of a town dog tag. You have also been good enough to your dog to get its rabies and distemper shots. You have loved your dog.
But, for every upside, there is a down. There are many more dogs running without leashes and without a collar and tags. Many of you think it is for the dog's freedom that you don't burden it with a collar and tags, but if you could only know the anxiety a dog feels when it can't find its way home or worse, the dog can no longer be cared for and is then dumped at a local gas station or grocery store. For those dogs, I have the most anxiety and sadness as this letter is being written while I am totally in tears.
For the better part of the morning I have been making phone calls trying to find the owner of a female, spayed black Lab mix that was found at the Irasville Country Store. I have asked people if they might know who this dog belongs to, or better yet, will you adopt her?
Please people, I beg you...if you cannot take care of your animals, call me or call the local animal shelters. Dogs have a better chance of being found or adopted if you bring them there. I hate the idea of euthanizing a perfectly well-trained, well-adapted animal and a healthy animal to boot, but if you find yourself without the means to care for it, then it is your responsibility to do whatever it takes to ensure your dog doesn't become food for other animals or worse, made to suffer from being hit by a car or truck.
This has been a most upsetting day for me, and I can only hope someone will come forward and claim our little lost dog.
Waitsfield dog warden