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October 19, 2013

Maleah Stringer: As a community, let's take a stand on animal neglect, cruelty

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But we will need help with the vet bills and we will need homes for them once we get them evaluated. Donate online: www.inapl.org; or send checks to APL 613 Dewey St Anderson In 46011. Put in memo section: Face of animal abuse.

I believe that how we treat our animals is a reflection of who we are morally and spiritually. It is a reflection of our humanity....is this who we are? ....I hope not. The laws and ordinances in our community concerning the treatment of our animals must change....the time is now. How we treat our animals matter. It flows over onto how we treat our children, our elderly and those in our community whether animal or human who do not have a voice. Animals who are strays roaming our streets in poor condition or tied to worn out vehicles or trees do not present a picture of a proud, humane, caring compassionate community, potential scouts for businesses see this. Seeing this will not make them want to come to our community. It does not speak well of us, of our morals or our character. The laws and ordinances in our community concerning the treatment of our animals must change....the time is now. People who abuse animals deserve to be punished and that punishment needs to be more than a slap on the wrist. Regardless of whether someone is an animal lover, animal abuse spills over into the fabric of our community and affects us all. Maleah Stringer is executive director of the Animal Protection League, 613 Dewey St., Anderson. She can be reached at 356-0900 or at maleahstringer@aol.com.

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