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Opinion

February 12, 2013

Stop dumping trash along our roadsides

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NORMAN —

And, let’s add a message to those who think that disposing of unwanted animals in rural areas is OK. You are giving them a death sentence — usually hit by a car or by starvation, disease or injury from attack. Take them to the Norman Animal Welfare facility, where they have a hope of adoption.

Dumping them to fend for themselves is not humane, and don’t expect that “someone will take him/her in.” That rarely happens. We have our own (mostly rescues) but are not able to take in all your abandoned animals at the rate you leave them. Be responsible, please.

This is the era of the internet — find a rescue that can take them if you cannot keep. Or take to the municipal shelter. Stop dumping animals. It is extreme cruelty and illegal.

I do believe that we have a responsibility to make our communities safe and livable for all. Those that won’t “play nice” and by the “rules” should be held accountable, since their actions negatively impact all of us. Why should anyone “get a pass” to behave in a way that others pay the cost/consequence of?

So, to all of you who think that the rest of us in civilized society should shoulder the burden of your lack of responsible participation, be aware that when push comes to shove, you will be the first to go.

Shame on you, for choosing not to do the right thing, and believing you are somehow not accountable. We really don’t have room for you.

DEBORAH SNIDER

Norman

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