The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


January 20, 2013

Why not rescue one?

If there were children whose parents abused them, didn't feed them or ignored their existence entirely, would you try to save them? Just the thought of a young one in pain can really hit close to home.

Now I ask you, is it any different if a dog was treated this way? Would you still try to save it?

I recently met a man who rescues Great Danes and he shared with me the horrific stories of how these dogs were being abused -- from being beaten to being nearly starved to death. Some dogs would be left in crates for days, forced to lie in their own feces. These dogs he had rescued were living terrible lives before he stepped in, undoubtedly saving their lives.

He told me one thing that will always stay in my mind: "If you're going to get a dog, why not rescue one, saving it from uncaring owners and an almost certain death?"

Talking to the Great Dane rescuer got me thinking of the amount of suffering these canines endure. I did some research and to my amazement there are so many rescue efforts for retired dogs, such as Greyhounds that are done with racing and dogs retired from the police force.

Although the previous owner might consider the dog all but used up, these dogs are still like any other dog and they need to be loved. These loyal dogs need our help; they need a caring devoted family to adore and take special interest in them.

If dogs are really man's best friend, why would we treat these poor animals in such away?

Samuel Payson,

Mifflinburg Area High school

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