Letter: Disagree with commissioner

Mar. 16, 2013 @ 11:02 AM

To the Editor:

At the Monday night’s county commissioner meeting, Commissioner Deborah Brown stated that this is not the right time to be discussing a new animal shelter for Vance County.

I couldn’t disagree with her more.

Understandably, Commissioner Brown wants to see county funds go into extra law enforcement. But you cannot mandate kindness, nor can you legislate humaneness.

The existing shelter is woefully outdated. A new shelter needs an education center. Already school children visit the animals, giving love, treats and sometimes an extra hand.

To ignore the needs of the animals here is to ignore Vance County’s future.  National and local programs are available to teach responsible pet ownership along with respect for all of God’s creatures. It is well documented that children who abuse animals move on to abuse people. We need to focus more on being proactive instead of reactive for the sake not only of the animals, but for our residents.

We are to “teach our children well.” The commissioners can start with renewing the Animal Advisory Committee, which hasn’t met for nearly a year and a half. It doesn’t cost a dime and volunteers are more than willing to serve. This committee should meet monthly, as in surrounding counties, and report to the county monthly. It has never been more needed than it is right now.

It takes a village to raise a child. Ghandi once said, “The greatness of a nation can be judged by how its animals are treated.”

I believe the same can be said of a community.

Peggy Satterwhite