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Letters to the editor – Saturday (9-20-08)

Sad truth: Many pets won’t leave pound
I would like to clear up a major misconception in Rowan County: “Just take your unwanted pets to the pound, and they will find them a home.”
Wrong!
When animals go to the pound and are adoptable (meaning they aren’t old and don’t have bad temperaments etc.), then they may possibly find a very deserving home. But until then, they are susceptible to many life-threatening diseases due to overcrowding. If that doesn’t kill them, it will make them wish they were dead. And if they don’t get to go that way, well, then, there’s always the gas chamber where many animals are thrown in together and then gassed. If it doesn’t immediately kill them, they suffer for a while. Horrible, huh? It’s the truth.
The saddest part of all is that these animals are there due to irresponsible pet owners. They didn’t ask to be born, and they only want to be loved. Oh, and let’s not forget the elderly dogs who are sent there to die because their owners don’t want them anymore. I hope your so-called “loved ones” don’t do that to you.
Don’t get me wrong: The Rowan County Animal Shelter tries to find homes for these animals, but they are very overwhelmed. They have to euthanize 400-plus animals a month. Animals are a lifetime commitment, not a throwaway toy. Be responsible; spay or neuter your pets.
ó Tammy Merritt
Salisbury
A caring candidate
I first met Dr. Ada Fisher in May 2000. She was a member of the Rowan-Salisbury Board of Education. Since getting to know her, I’ve found that she is caring, hard-working and compassionate.
Dr. Fisher is a volunteer in the General Education Development Program (GED). She counsels our youth by talking with and listening to them. Dr. Fisher knows that many of our youth lose their educational aspirations in middle school.
Dr. Fisher is the person who many go to for information on a variety of subjects. A few of these subjects are health and medical advice, renovations of houses, veterans affairs, SAT and ACT tests, as well as colleges and college funds.
She has suggested and referred people to doctors that she felt were the best for their condition. She helped to renovate a home for a person with cancer.
Dr. Fisher personally drove a young person to Fayetteville to take the ACT test. She has given advice and written letters for many veterans. She has instructed parents and students on how to fill out the application for federal aid.
Dr. Fisher will definitely be an asset to the North Carolina legislature. When she is elected to represent N.C. House District 77, the people of North Carolina will then have at least one person working for them.
ó Cylista M. Brady
Salisbury

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