Animal crisis


Thanks for the July 25 article Dozens of dogs about to die at shelter, but there might be an even-bigger crisis looming.

Without regulation of rescue groups, “foster homes” and the other places where animals on the euthanasia shortlist can be shunted, other jurisdictions’ experiences suggest that these animals may be going from the frying pan into the fire.

Hoarders abound and are constantly being busted, found with huge numbers of animals stored in filthy cages piled high in basements, garages, trailer homes and barns.

One hundred cats in plastic cages burned to death last week in a hoarder’s house fire in California, a situation that authorities had been too afraid to do anything about for fear of criticism from no-kill fanatics. PETA monitors these cases, and it’s getting worse because of fear of criticism over euthanasia that, for some animals, beats going insane from being kept in a cage for years on end with no semblance of a life.

Ingrid E. Newkirk, president, PETA, Washington, D.C.

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