A well trained, loved dog will give you back far more than he ever asks for. A dog will put his life on the line for its owner and will gladly help both the blind and disabled. All it asks for, aside from the basics, is a little attention, some exercise, a warm, dry bed and most importantly your company. Sadly this is not provided to so many dogs in this area.
I have been shocked since moving here from England to witness the conditions that dogs are allowed to be kept in: Breeds from poodles to Dobermans are held captive on heavy chains. I have seen the same dogs left for years like this. When you think that they could live up to 17 years (but probably won't) in this same awful manner, it is just too sad to think about. Left out in the snow, rain and hot sun — whoever said this was acceptable? They must have never shared the company of a dog, or have no heart.
I work in a local school, with beautiful children who lack compassion for animals; I could share some awful stories. We all know that if you have a good relationship and strong feelings for animals, you normally have that same empathy for your fellow man. These children tell me that their parents are getting another dog that will go outside on a chain, to be used as a source of income from its puppies. We already have way too many dogs in Buncombe County; thousands are killed every year. This has to be stopped. Yes, it might be hard to enforce, but other states and counties have done so.
Our City Council needs to change the laws and do the same. Please write to Mayor Bellamy and other Council members, before July 1, asking for that change. Be the voice that these wonderful animals need. Thank you.
— Karen Untalan