Letters to the Editor

Partridge: the catalyst behind humane society

Contrary to former Councilmember Gene Cerino's letter ("Setting the record straight on AVHS", Auburn Reporter, June 14), I was on the City Council when John Partridge chose to bring together a group of local veterinarians to form a valley humane society.

From day one, I supported John's efforts regarding animal control and safety. As a member of the Municipal Services Committee, Mr. Partridge had every reason to be aware of the City's needs for responsible animal control. Because of his sincere concern for the safety of residents, pets and, for that matter, all animals, he was instrumental in bringing together dedicated, professional and volunteer people to concentrate on the formation of the Auburn Valley Humane Society.

I personally received scores of emails from citizens elated at the prospects of a new "animal shelter" in Auburn. I would remind taxpayers that what we do as a community for animals and their owners is a welcome addition to Auburn.

As for John Partridge "showing the traits of a politician who wants to take credit for things that they had nothing to do with" simply to get elected; John Partridge was not solely responsible for the formation of the AVHS, but he was certainly the catalyst.

As a former councilmember who worked with Mr. Partridge for two years, I can honestly say that taking credit for something that he has not really done is something John Partridge would not do. Conscientious elected official is the John Partridge I know.

– Virginia Haugen

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