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Animals’ plight a reminder of life’s fragility

Dear Editor: As a recent volunteer who worked in New Orleans and saw the devastation firsthand, I feel I am obliged to give an account on the reality of the circumstances involving Buster the German shepherd. While in New Orleans I was the shelter support officer for District 8 and traveled approximately 250 miles round-trip every day. In my travels I encountered numerous animals, which were usually found in packs. Though these animals were more than likely someone’s family pet, due to circumstances they lived in survival mode. Not knowing the circumstances of where Buster was found, yet reading from Sue Schmidt’s account on her website to state that she brought back dogs that were deemed aggressive at the Lamar-Dixon facility, I was not surprised to read that Buster bit someone. While ongoing relief and recovery efforts continue in New Orleans, the reality is survival mode still exists in many areas. I even witnessed the barter system working as we handed out ice to victims and watch them take the ice to a store to barter for goods. I have empathy for Sue Schmidt’s passion to make a difference in the lives of animals. I also completely understand CARE’s position and I applaud them for looking into alternatives for Buster’s placement. The reality of the disaster in New Orleans is a reminder of how fragile life is, whether it is human or animal. Rochelle ObechinaSnowmass Village

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