Cumberland Times-News

Opinion

February 10, 2014

Dog froze to death, and it could easily have been prevented

Three doors up from my home a 1-year-old Doberman froze to death on Jan. 29.

I went to the owner’s front door when I learned about their dog’s death. I pressed their doorbell and waited. I then used the door knocker. Again, no answer. Both of their cars were in the driveway.

I wanted to ask what had happened to their pet. I called the Cumberland Police and Animal Control. I filed reports. Dobermans are very cold-sensitive and extremely loyal pets. I know this because of my many beloved rescues over the years interspersed among them were four Dobermans.

I am a very strong supporter of human and animal rights, especially those who are defenseless and unable to speak for themselves. In this case it was a dog left out on a night when the forecast low was seven degrees.

I also remember something odd happening on that evening. It was around 8 p.m., and I could hear birds making a terrific noise outside. I looked out of my side window facing this neighbor’s house and saw all of these crows circling around trees. They were making loud cawing sounds.

It was so bitterly cold I thought that maybe they were out of their roosts to find another place for the night.

The point of my letter is that a beautiful animal suffered a death that was very cruel and could have been prevented. There were two owners in that house. If one could not have checked on the dog the other certainly could have done so.

I hope and pray that this animal’s death and the circumstances surrounding it will be resolved.

I particularly find it very distressing to have since learned that these owners went out and purchased another dog.

Rozann Dashiell

Cumberland

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