Letters to the Editor (06/09/2012)

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Hoarding doesn’t help
Editor:
This letter is in response to the cat hoarder letter to the editor.
I would like to thank Betty and Richard Scott for taking the time to clarify the circumstances of the cat hoarding on Fitch Street and pointing out the misery and suffering of both the people and the cats. Hoarding animals is not about helping them.
Until our laws are enforced and consequences paid, people will continue to break those laws. It does not matter how good an ordinance is on paper if there is no implementation.
In addition, I would like to thank officer Ed Sweeney and the sheriff’s department for acting to end this horrible situation. My experience with officer Sweeney has always been helpful to say the least.
When I was queried by a Los Lunas animal activist about the disposition of the animals belonging to another notorious hoarder, who had been taken to hospice, Ed was the officer who was able to understand the delicate situation and to articulate the necessary steps for a solution.
Both Ed and Marguerite Sweeney, who founded the Grizz Project animal rescue group in Magdalena, are highly competent, caring individuals. They are exceptional in their knowledge, humanity and willingness to carry through ideas and tasks.
We are blessed to have them both in our community. A big thank you to Ed Sweeney for this intervention and to them both for all they have done and continue to do to help the animals of Socorro County.
Kathe MacLaren
Member Animal Protective Association of Socorro
Member Socorro Animal Shelter Advisory Board