August 28, 2013

Letter: Disgraceful

— As a citizen of Dalton and an animal lover, I want to voice my concern that this community does not have emergency night and weekend veterinarian service. Several years ago I received a letter from the vet I use explaining this change in their practices. We have to drive to Chattanooga if we have a pet emergency during non-work hours. I wrote a letter back to the vet explaining my frustration and dismay at this change, but never got a response — not even a phone call. My thought at the time was why are other citizens not as upset about this change as I am?

Our local vets need to understand and care that a lot of citizens can’t afford to drive to Chattanooga to have our pets treated. Not only that, pet owners with a pet that is very sick or has had a tragic accident should not be forced to drive to Chattanooga in a state of panic during such a crisis. Your beloved pet could be dead by the time you got there.  

I find it disgraceful that here in Dalton and Whitfield County our veterinarians seemingly do not care enough about their clients and their clients’ pets to leave us at such a disadvantage. They say the center in Chattanooga is much better equipped to deal with emergencies. However, we need a local vet on call at all times for those of us who can’t get to the Chattanooga clinic. It would be so comforting to know that if something bad happened to our four-legged companions there would be someone here in town to go to who could very possibly save a pet’s life.  

As the song goes, “Bless the beasts and the children, for in this world they have no voice, they have no choice.” Thank you to the Humane Society of Northwest Georgia for all you do to help the homeless dogs and cats in this community. I thank our veterinarians as well and appreciate the care they provide to our pets. However, they need to come up with a way for us to have immediate local care for our pets in the case of emergencies during non-work hours.

Written on behalf of our four-legged friends who deserve to be loved and cared for, but who “in this world have no voice.”

Gloria Taylor