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Tuesday’s Letters to the Editor

Shelter firing

EDITOR: There are some real problems with our county, but the animal shelter isn’t one of them. For the past decade, I have witnessed only positive changes. Yet we have seen two directors fired in the 11th hour (“County animal shelter chief fired,” Wednesday). Baffling.

A couple weeks back there was a report that the shelter was too hot. The allegation was, fortunately, false. The individual used an instrument that measures the temperature where it is pointed. Yes, the roof may have been 102, but it’s not logical that an open-air, concrete facility could be that hot considering the day’s high was only 89 degrees.

The latest figures show an 85 percent live-release rate. This is amazing for a county shelter that is responsible for taking in all stray, sick, injured and pregnant animals. This agency doesn’t pick and choose what it will house, treat and re-home.

Don’t misunderstand: the Sonoma Humane Society does great work, but it is in another league. Any time you have a no-kill shelter, you will likely find a county shelter nearby, mopping up after society not doing its part.

This is baffling decision. The last thing the dedicated staff and volunteers need is yet another distraction.


Rio Nido

Werewolves and witches

EDITOR: “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself — nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror.” That is a quote from FDR’s first inaugural address in 1933.

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