By John Peters
May 23, 2014
To the Editor,
The story concerning the needless death of five puppies last Friday at the Surry County Animal Shelter really saddens me, especially after recently touring the Asheville Humane Society and seeing what can happen when the citizens and county work together.
I understand that in the county’s eyes, owner surrender dogs don’t have the same rights as stray dogs, but I can’t figure out why the main goal of the animal shelter isn’t to try and adopt out as many animals as they possibly can.
If this was a case of miscommunication, as county officials would like us to believe, then they should be working diligently to make sure nothing like this happens again. If the fault lies only with Mr. Brown, then I’d hope the elected officials would seek to instill guidelines to prevent a tragedy such as this from reoccurring or remove Mr. Brown from his position.
It seems from everything I’ve read, that there are rescue groups and individuals in this county who are ready and willing to work with our local shelter if they are given the chance. My question is, “What are County Officials afraid of?”
If an honest attempt is made to use the resources of rescue groups and individuals and it fails, will we be any worse off, or are they afraid there just might be some success and they would have to hear, “I told you so!”