Letter to the Editor

Did I read that right?

Friday, April 4, 2008

Dear Editor,

So Red Willow County will not file animal cruelty charges against the so-called rancher who starved to death 111 cattle? Did I read that right?

You've got to be kidding? So it would cost the county too much to dispose of the dead cattle and to care for the live cattle?

I guess if you are going to torture animals to death, starve them and let them die of thirst then Red Willow County is the place to do it and Sheriff Mahon and Red Willow County Attorney Paul Wood are the people to have in charge.

I just can't wrap the thought process they used around my own mind. And then the media-spin starts as to WHY they made this terrible decision.

First "This decision was not made lightly. It was made with the knowledge that some people would not agree with it, and some perhaps would be critical." I'm sure it wasn't made lightly, but the decision they arrived at has made a mockery of anyone who has tried to protect creatures that cannot speak for themselves. In my world there are no words that can defend or justify the actions of our Sheriff and County Attorney anymore than you can defend the actions of the so-called rancher.

Then they say, "The purpose of this statement is not necessarily to attempt to change any such sentiments that may be held by any individual. The purpose is to inform the public as to why this matter was handled in (the fashion that it was), and to convey some understanding of the magnitude of the conditions and possible solutions confronting county authorities after the (initial) report was made."

So for my simple little mind to understand why this was handled like this we need to understand the financial limitations facing our Sheriff and County Attorney, we (Red Willow County) simply could not afford to prosecute the so-called rancher or take care of the live cattle or dispose of the dead cattle.

I am very saddened by the fact that we (Red Willow County) are so poor as to allow animal cruelty to go unpunished because our Sheriff and County Attorney decided that finances are more important than values when it comes to animal cruelty.

The sheer magnitude of this situation calls for some kind of punishment, my goodness I would donate to help save animals that were dying from thirst and starvation.

Right now, I am ashamed of how our county handled this and hope that it's not repeated as this is a very dangerous precedent to set in a rural area with so many animals. Again this decision is absolutely indefensible.

Please remember this when you go to the polls this fall. Thank you to the Gazette for letting me express my opinion on this very sad situation.

Larry Randolph,


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