Letters to the Editor

Exactly what constitutes cruelty to our animals?

I am asking anyone in Beaufort County who has knowledge about the laws on the treatment of animals to please respond to this letter.

I would like to know when an animal is kicked outside the door, is this love and affection, or is it cruelty or abuse? When an animal is tied to a chain, is this love and affection or cruelty and abuse? When an animal continues to bark and the owners ignore it, is this love and affection or cruelty and abuse? When an animal does not have food or water, is this love and affection or cruelty and abuse?

The reason I ask is that I talked to Animal Control and was told that if an animal has shelter and is fed, it can be chained. I asked if this meant for 24 hours, and I was told that whatever the owner wants to do. I was also told by a deputy sheriff that in a particular incident, it was training the dog. Training the dog for what?

We have too many people who want animals, but don't want to take care of them properly. I see cats lying under cars to get out of the heat or rain. Maybe these owners should be tied up and left with no attention.

Robert Williams

Beaufort

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