Mr. Pickles

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Dear Editor,

Saturday evening, I found a small orange kitten inside the storm drain by Klein's. After calling the Humane Society, in the hope they would get my message, I then called the police and fire department.

I was told they couldn't do anything and that "it would find its own way out."

Assuming, I suppose, that the little one would be able to find his way out BEFORE he died in there. Many cars came by but no offers to help. A brief inquiry and drive off, and one woman provided encouragement for making the attempt.

"Mr. Pickles" is doing fine thanks to the wonderful and expedient care of Dr. Nate Kotchswar from the Red Willow Animal Clinic.

"Pickles" had surgery yesterday for a herniated diaphragm. It was thought that his bladder had been ruptured too, but it turned out to be badly bruised as was his belly area. It was extremely difficult for him to breathe because basically his insides had been forced through his diaphragm and were compressing his lungs. The consensus was that this little one was kicked, and kicked hard.

Most likely, once the abuser saw that he couldn't breathe, they chose to dispose of him. We'll never know where this started, but I know where it will end -- with a happy, healthy and loving home far away from the likes of people like you.

To whomever thought it was OK to harm this little creature, I could say shame on you, but I doubt it would have any impact on anyone who would do what you did. I would say that you're lucky that you're at the top of the food chain and with any luck or grace, you will never know what it's like to be that innocent and helpless when someone decides you aren't worth their respect and compassion.

It seems that lives that are not directly connected to us are insignificant, and active compassion that goes beyond our own comfort zone is scarce. All creatures have the right to NOT be abused and tossed aside like a piece of trash, or allowed to breed themselves to death. Anyone who owns an animal has a responsibility to them, to feed, love them and keep them safe, and not allow them to breed exponentially. I understand farming communities; I grew up in one in the Panhandle of Nebraska.

But that's no excuse for the overrun of feral and abandoned cats and dogs in the area. Show compassion by spaying or neutering. Trust me, there will still be plenty of cats to fill your barn on the farm, or keep the mice out of the shed.

Next time you think of adding a pet to your home or family, please, please, take it seriously and realize that it is a life you're taking responsibility for and a life that's no less valuable than any other. To those that feel the same, THANK YOU, for showing what being humane and responsible really is. The world needs more people like you.


Jennifer Johnson

Indianola, Nebraska

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