In light of the cat who was found seriously injured near Battlefield Estates after he was apparently shot with a projectile, I urge readers to protect their animal companions by never allowing them outdoors unattended (“Police Seek Public’s Assistance in Animal Cruelty Case,” 1/3).
Cats and dogs who are left outdoors are easy targets for cruel people, and cases like this are common. Most of the 400-plus cruelty cases PETA receives weekly involve animals who were victimized while outside unsupervised. Every day, countless animals are poisoned, shot at, used as bait for dogfighting, stolen for experimentation, hit by cars, and worse after being left outside alone for “just a few minutes.” And we mustn’t forget the toll that free roaming cats take on wildlife populations.
Please, keep animals indoors and allow them outdoors only on a leash or in a fenced yard, under constant supervision. Anything else is irresponsible and invites tragedy. To learn more, visit www.PETA.org.
Martin Mersereau, Director
Emergency Response Team
Cruelty Investigations Department
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)