Letter to the Editor

Reader wants people to give pets a chance

Sunday, August 24, 2008

To the Editor:

I have lived in Brazil for about four years. I feel it is a very peaceful place to live for the most part. But recently, something happened that showed me that obviously not everyone that lives in our quiet neighborhood are nice people. My husband and I returned from a little over-nite visit at about 1 am on a Sunday morning, Aug. 9. As I got close to my house, I saw my adorable little kitten, Sherbert, laying dead in the street. Well, that in itself is not really that strange.

It has happened many times. Upon examination, we discovered that no part of the kittens body was mangled or smashed.

The injury? The kitten had been shot in the head with some type of BB gun or pellet gun.

I think it is despicable that someone would shoot another persons cat. I am a animal lover. I don't believe in taking it too far, but I don't think people should be allowed to get away with animal cruelty.

I deal with many animals in my yard, dogs and cats alike. I don't always appreciate other animals eating my pet food, but I would never kill someone else's pet. So, please, if someone else's animal is being a pest to you, at least give them the courtesy of warning them that you don't appreciate it, and intend to take action.

Give them a chance to take care of the problem. I wish someone would have done that to me. Now I have to tell the two young girls from my church, who wanted to give their pastors wife a kitten, what happened. I think it's time we go back to the principle of "Do unto others as you would have them do to you." Our world would be a different place, wouldn't it?

Jessica Jude,