Letters to the Editor

Unnecessary suffering, death of a stray cat

I found a stray cat on my front porch last Sunday. It was in very bad shape and suffering.

I called Auburn Animal Control, and the message I got was to call the Auburn Police Department's non-emergency number. I called and the dispatcher told me to call animal control. I told her I was referred to the police department as no animal control officer was on duty.

I called the Auburn Emergency Clinic for animals, and the person who answered the phone told me there was nothing they could do as it was a stray. I am guessing they were only going to treat an injured animal if they got paid. I tried to care for the cat but it was in such bad shape I could do nothing to stop the suffering.

The Auburn Animal Control officer came Tuesday morning and picked up the dead cat. He told me he was sorry no one was able to help me over the weekend, and if something like this happens again, the Sumner emergency will take injured or sick animals, as the City of Auburn contracts with them.

My message is that if you find a sick or injured animal on the weekend, you are on your own to try and comfort it.

When King County Animal Control covered Auburn at least we could have something like this handled, and the animal might have made it or at least would not have suffered for a long period of time and died.

Everyone who did not help in this matter that I contacted should be ashamed. Animals should not have to suffer like this one did.

– Dennis Gronholdt

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