Tracy Gannon: More to the story

07/02/2013 12:38 AM

07/02/2013 12:39 AM

I am distressed to hear any news about suffering animals. But the portrait of Last Hope Cat Kingdom that has been presented by local county officials seems self-serving. The inclusion of previously deceased animals in cold storage in their count of animals "found dead" serves no purpose than to paint this group as heartless monsters.

Last Hope has been a much-loved institution that has been strongly supported by the community for many years. And, according to its website, a "no kill" sanctuary that I'm certain has been a comfort to many families who have needed to surrender a pet.

Dr. Jon Klingborg's determination that if an animal has an infection the recommended action is euthanasia is disturbing to hear from a licensed veterinarian. It should not come as a surprise to anyone that feral and domesticated animals are often surrendered with health problems. But to paint this unpaid and volunteer group of harboring 200 suffering animals is just very hard to believe. The mass killing done by the county at Last Hope is the worse part of this story. Animal Control's "if it's sick — it dies" philosophy will continue until citizens decide to take action.

TRACY GANNON

Merced

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