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Web letter: Let’s return to animals the kindness they show us

I found it interesting that in the same paper printed Dec. 2, there was a letter on the Editorial page about the inhumane treatment of a fatally injured doe that was hit in traffic, and Frank Gray’s article titled “Memorials to pets prove it’s more than puppy love.”

As Mr. Gray states, our pets remain with us until they die or we do and, unlike our friends and relatives, are happy to see us arrive home. Their comfort helps to relax us and prepare for a peaceful evening to face the next day in a world filled with violence, uncertainty and sometimes even exciting, wonderful events.

The point being, we do love our pets because they accept us as we are, warts and all. Therefore, it seems that we should be human enough to treat our animal companions with humanity and kindness.

I realize I wasn’t there to see the deer occurrence, but evidently it was disturbing enough for a citizen to write a letter to a newspaper. The police officers’ jobs are difficult at best, but maybe there might have been a better way.

The gift of empathy allows one to put oneself in another person or animal’s place. Imagine if you were that doe struggling to get up or crawl away in horrible pain surrounded by traffic and people standing around. How horrible would that be?

MARY J. LANDIS Decatur

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