March 18, 2006 Letter to the Editor

Dogs deserve our best

Next month, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) turns 140. In that time, numerous states and cities have made great strides in making this nation a better place for our animal companions to live.

Yet, I wonder where Tucumcari has been. Nowhere else have I seen so many dogs, often chained, without proper shelter from the extreme New Mexico weather. A lot of them are without enough food or water. It seems many people think this is OK. It’s not OK. It’s called negligent mistreatment.

Contrary to what some believe, dogs do have feelings. They can feel happy, sad, lonely, bored or depressed. They also feel hunger, thirst, cold, heat, discomfort and pain, just as we do.

Dogs do so much for us. They watch over us, the people we love and the things we value, as well as give us unconditional loyalty and devotion. Don’t they deserve to be rewarded for their services with plenty of food and water, and a dry enclosed place to sleep away from the heat, wind, rain or cold?

Please consider your dog and how he feels. He’s earned his keep and depends on you for his needs.

Donna Blea