Protect your pets |

Protect your pets

Dear Editor:

We agree that dog guardians should never let their dogs run loose unattended (“No one but yourself to blame if your dog is shot,” Jan. 13). Not only can free-roaming dogs injure or kill other animals, as columnist Gary Hubbell points out, they are also in danger of being hit by cars; poisoned; killed by cruel people with short fuses; and many other hazards.

But shooting a dog for running at large is cruel and cowardly ” and can land the shooter in jail for cruelty to animals. If you see a loose dog that you cannot catch yourself, please call animal control. No dog should have to pay the ultimate price for his or her guardian’s irresponsibility.

Neither is confining dogs outdoors in a kennel, with nothing to do day after day but watch the snow pile up, a humane alternative to letting them run free. Dogs are social animals that need and deserve exercise, mental stimulation and the companionship of their human “pack.”

Please protect your companion animals from loneliness, traffic, and two- and four-legged predators by keeping them indoors, and allowing them outdoors only on a leash or in a safe, fenced-in area. For more information, visit

Martin Mersereau, supervisor

Emergency Response Team

Cruelty Investigations Department

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)

Norfolk, Va.

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