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Stray dog dies on Fifth Street Highway after animal-welfare agencies don't show up

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  • E Vinskie-Cinelli posted at 2:00 pm on Wed, Jul 27, 2011.

    E Vinskie-Cinelli Posts: 9

    @ ChrstineT: Your points about the dire situation of animal welfare agencies are well taken, and the suggestions you offer for how community members might aid these organizations are creative and practical. Thank you.

    My intent in writing this article was not to "blame" the agencies (I think that was made especially clear by the end of the article). It was to report an incident, and in so doing, shed light on how we all suffer when animal welfare organizations in our community are not functioning as they should.

    I don't think anyone in this forum would dispute your argument that the problem is a systemic one transcending the agencies themselves. I made this point in the article and others have also commented to this effect. If we concede, however, that this was an unavoidable accident with no party (or parties) bearing any responsibility, then the situation becomes truly hopeless.

    Like you, I work in nonprofit, and I support animal welfare agencies with both my time and money. I encourage anyone who reads this article and cares about animal welfare issues to do the same.

    Along with volunteering and holding fundraisers, there are other ways to ensure that tragedies like this do not occur in the future: 1) report such incidents to the media (hooray for!); 2) get involved with your local government; and 3) contact your state representatives to see that animal welfare concerns remain salient.

    I'm sure other readers can offer other sound suggestions for how we can move forward.

  • ChrstineT posted at 2:19 am on Sat, May 21, 2011.

    ChrstineT Posts: 1

    While I commend the author for trying to help, and I know what it's like to witness the horror of a dog being struck by a vehicle, blaming the local animal shelters/rescues is very unfair.

    It makes sense to want to blame someone when something horrible happens, but before you blame our local shelters/rescues you need to understand that they are barely surviving.

    I am a volunteer coordinator for a non-profit organization (not any of the shelters, btw). Finding and keeping volunteers is not an easy task. No one has a line of people waiting to sign up to help out. People choose what to do with their time, and unfortunately most people do NOT choose to volunteer.

    As far as funding goes, I am sure both the ARL and the Humane Society would be more than happy to show you their financials. Neither of those orgs would be functioning without donations and volunteers. Funding is laughable and getting worse since the majority of the US population voted on Political Representatives that are fixated on cutting funding on anything and everything under the sun that helps people, let alone animals.

    In addition to the lack of volunteers and funding, donations are way down due to the economy. Many people cannot afford to donate and many who can choose to spend their money elsewhere. Again, their choice, but these places cannot run on good intentions.

    Instead of pointing fingers at our local organizations, now that you and your neighbors know how dire the situation is, maybe you can look into volunteering and get your neighbors to do the same. Hold a community yard sale/bake sale and donate the proceeds to the ARL

    I know several people at the ARL and they have dedicated their lives for the cause, as well as spent their own money to take care of the animals people throw away every day. People want pure-bred mutts like "Chorkies" and "Puggles" and don't even consider shelter dogs.

    I truly hope you turn this horrible experience into something positive and honor the life of that unfortunate little dog by doing something to help these organizations who are truly doing their best with what little they have. .

  • dallas posted at 7:27 pm on Tue, May 17, 2011.

    dallas Posts: 2

    My heart goes out to the person who wrote this article and i am so very glad you did. i completely disagree that this a blamless tragedy. I myself have experienced the "run around" more then once and know many more who have experienced the same. I agree they are underfunded; however, in this situation and in many others that is not an excuse. If you can't put the time in then let someone who can take your place. Rightfully so the author was upset as they should be. So sad and so sorry you had to experience the tragedy of this sweet pup. And no, i don't know for a fact he/she was sweet but now we never will.

  • friendofanimals posted at 5:06 pm on Mon, May 16, 2011.

    friendofanimals Posts: 1

    This is such a sad story but the author is obviously angry and wrote this piece while in that state. This is not a well-written article, journalistically. It's one-sided. Her first paragraph begins with a flawed statement. How can she assume that the dog would have made a fine pet? I've known many, many strays who were nice BUT many, many who were not! Also, I've spoken with a couple of the people named in the article and they were misquoted. People are expecting way too much from these severely underfunded organizations. Yes, the ARL receives funds to handle the animal control contract but it's nowhere near enough to cover their costs. These people are dedicated and not deserving to be trashed in anger. What would have happened if the ARL came out to try to get the dog and the dog was hit by a car in the process? They still would have been blamed. They're in a no-win situation. It does no good to anyone to trash these organizations. Offer some positive suggestions to help.

  • E Vinskie-Cinelli posted at 5:18 pm on Fri, May 13, 2011.

    E Vinskie-Cinelli Posts: 9

    I’m encouraged to see thoughtful comments from others in our Berks community who care about animal welfare.

    I must mention two women who helped in the attempts to rescue this dog and reported certain details of the story to me: Kim Bender of Temple and Nicole, an employee of the Eyeland Optical store in Temple. Nicole is also the person who took possession of the dog’s remains for burial. Other neighbors, whom I had never met before and whose names I did not capture, are unsung heroes in this story.

  • dog-gone posted at 12:50 pm on Thu, May 12, 2011.

    dog-gone Posts: 23

    This is such a sad story. I had an experience of finding an abandond dog at a park. The dog was very skitish and showed me her teeth when I got close. I called the ARLs emergency number and was told they won't catch a dog running loose. That it was up to me to catch the dog then they would come get it. It doesn't seem to make sense that citizens (that may or may not be experienced with dogs) are responsible for catching a stray/loose dog. What if they get bit in the process?

  • lmartin1025 posted at 7:55 pm on Wed, May 11, 2011.

    lmartin1025 Posts: 8

    The service was no better when The Humane Society had the city contract. We had a stray in our neighborhood which we were lucky enough to catch. We had the dog tied to our porch and called The Human Society. They asked if we could bring it to their facility so they wouldn't have to send someone out on a Friday evening.

  • dcsman posted at 7:46 pm on Wed, May 11, 2011.

    dcsman Posts: 17

    Seriously Jeffery? Most of these agencies, among many others, are overburdened and operate on a shoe-string budget as is. Withholding a donation would only do more damage.

    As the author wrote, "If this defenseless dog were abandoned, then the responsibility for its death ultimately falls on its thoughtless owners."

  • Jeffery posted at 4:55 pm on Wed, May 11, 2011.

    Jeffery Posts: 21

    It's a shame where agencies are more worried about having animals adopted than they are saving them when they are in peril. Something to remember when being asked for a donation?


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