Jamie Woodhouse: Animal laws needed

November 27, 2013 

Perhaps Wake County’s animal shelter director deserves to be fired as an ongoing petition suggests (Nov. 24 news story).

Certainly the tragedy of seizing and euthanizing 60 pets is horrifying. But what we need to recognize is that 132,000 cats were euthanized in North Carolina last year. That’s over 350 per day. Where is the outrage? Where are the efforts in our state legislature to force irresponsible pet owners to spay and neuter their pets? Year after year, we let our politicians off the hook and waste taxpayer money feeding, warehousing and killing the result of their lassitude. We can’t even pass a pet-food tax to fund a spay-neuter program. And God forbid we get North Carolina’s hog farmers, hunters and the American Kennel Club up in arms again. They have lobbyists.

Rather than signing a petition to cost Jennifer Federico her job, might not our energies be better spent in demanding laws that save people like Federico from having to make such horrific decisions?

Jamie Woodhouse


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