Animals suffer in different situations

I am glad Del. Pogge and Sen. Norment have introduced legislation to deal with loose dog attacks. No responsible pet owner should ever have to be in a situation where loose dogs might attack, and potentially kill, their leashed or appropriately contained companion pet.

At the end of Saturday’s (Jan. 12) article, in response to a situation where three alpacas were attacked by loose dogs (Supervisor Hipple resorted to throwing rocks and sticks at the dogs that had the alpacas by the throat) the dogs were returned to their owner on a technicality, Pogge is quoted: “If there is a technicality, I don’t blame the judge for the technicality, but after watching the attack and watching what happened and hearing the animals screaming while they’re being (dragged) down, it’s something I don’t want to see again and that’s something I don’t want to have happen to any of my neighbors as well.”

I agree. Witnessing animals being attacked or even killed is devastating. So I would challenge Pogge to visit any slaughterhouse at any time and listen to the screams of thousands of animals as they, too, are unwillingly pushed, prodded and dragged to their deaths.

If an in-person visit isn’t feasible, there is no shortage of undercover video evidence. I suspect that she would not want to watch what happens there and listen to those animals screaming either. Perhaps she would become vegan overnight.

Christine Llewellyn, M.D.

James City County

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