The Letter of the Week from Marsha Wolford of Cumberland, “Dogs and cats depend on humans for their safety,” was selected by the Times-News editorial board as the best letter of those that appeared during the week of Nov 19-25. It was published Nov. 21.

Note: Selection of the letter of the week is based on writing competence and the ability of the writer to get his or her point across. It is not based on whether the editorial board agrees with the writer.

Wolford and our other Letter of the Week writers receive canvas tote bags embossed with the Letter of the Week logo.


It happened again today, so I have to write to inform whoever it is that lives close to the intersection of Virginia Avenue and Oldtown Road to be aware that when your tan dog and black dog are out roaming they are usually in the center of the street with cars buzzing by.

I, along with others, have stopped to try to help the dogs, but they are frightened so they run away.

I don’t know the reason why your dogs are out roaming so often, I know mine has escaped more than once, but please, please, remember these are living creatures who depend on you to take care of them.

Another thing, at this time of year, it is heartbreaking to hear a dog barking in the middle of the night while still tied up outside in the freezing temperatures and it’s only going to get colder for longer periods of time. I see so many cats out, whether they have homes or not, who knows?

I know times are tough for a lot of people but if you have an animal please take care of them and if you’re the neighbor of someone who’s leaving their animals out in the freezing temperatures please do something.

I realize there are many people who need help, all the requests for donations at this time of year are proof, but people do have resources, thank God, while animals depend entirely on humans to treat them with kindness and humanity. God bless everyone during this Thanksgiving and Christmas season and God bless the helpless.

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