Letter to the Editor

Treat animals better

San Luis ObispoDecember 9, 2013 

On June 19, The Tribune rightly called for increased spending for the county’s animal shelter.

Last month, the newspaper noted National Shelter Week with a picture of the shelter’s outstanding supervisor spending the night with her charges to celebrate the occasion. Yet the Board of Supervisors seems to have abandoned those who are in their care.

Especially shameful is the warehousing of cats in an environment that looks like a prison out of a Dickens novel.

What keeps the shelter going is the excellent work of the staff and extraordinary volunteers, some of whom have been there for nine, 11 and even 19 years.

I challenge the board to visit its wards — they deserve better.

Surely we can improve these animals’ lives. To quote Gandhi, “The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”

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