News media sensationalizes wrong story
Mar 23, 2014 | 714 views | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend | print
To The Editor:

Much sensationalism has surrounded the recent raid of an animal rescue operation, the Puppy Patch in Morristown.

The media has centered their focus on the fact that several dogs from our Cleveland Animal Shelter were placed at the Puppy Patch by the "Cleveland For a No-Kill City" organization. This group has rescued over 1,200 animals from our local shelter in the past year alone, animals that would have been euthanized if not for this group’s efforts. In an undertaking that large, unfortunately, there are bound to be some casualties along the way.

It is fine to report this, but in the future please use the space to sensationalize the lack of enforceable spay and neuter laws, as well as the thousands of irresponsible pet owners who create the animal control problems to begin with.

In 2009, the Cleveland Animal Shelter took in 6,976 animals, and 5,556 were euthanized. Due to the efforts since then by Dixie Day Spay, Cleveland No-Kill, Exclusively Shelter Pets and The Ark in 2013, the shelter took in 4,341 and only 364 were euthanized.

Now that is truly sensational!

— Joe Kirkpatrick

Cleveland