Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

Letters to the Editor

January 17, 2014

County resident shares experience with dumped animals, shelter fees

CHEROKEE COUNTY — After reading a letter to the editor sent in by a reader speaking of her experience with Klein Animal Shelter, I decided to write one about mine.   

I live in the county.  Back in November I found a momma dog and her 2 puppies that had been dumped in a rural cemetary.  I took the dogs to my home so they would be safe and fed.  I already have 2 adopted dogs who were dumped and 2 adopted stray cats, so I could not keep all 3 of the dogs.  

I called Klein and was told that it would cost me $75 to take the mom and her puppies to the shelter.  I opted to take the puppies because I figured that since they were young puppies that they would have a good chance of being adopted.  I forked over the $60 that the shelter required since I don't live in the city.   I never saw those puppies listed on the shelter website list of their adoptable animals.

I greatly resent the fact that people who don't live in the city and end up with dumped animals have to PAY to take the animals to the shelter so that they might at least have a fighting chance of finding a home instead of being left as a stray to die a

horrible death.  

I understand that Klein has limited funds, but why should county residents be financially responsible to pay for an animal that was dumped?  Fortunately, I could afford to pay the fee, but there are a lot of people who can't and that leaves innocent and helpless animals left to try to fend for themselves, usually with fatal endings.

I would imagine that if county residents didn't have to pay a fee to surrender animals, that there would be a lot fewer dumped to die.

Sharon Claxton

Cherokee County

Text Only
Letters to the Editor
  • Commending ag exemption views

    I have read the recent JDP letters regarding the Ag/Timber Exemptions with great interest and concern. This issue concerns a plan by our county Appraisal District to reevaluate our actual timber or agricultural usage of a property to increase revenue.

    April 19, 2014

  • H.O.P.E event offers chance to help locals in need

    A social worker once said to me “it is not easy to be poor in a small town.” Her reasoning varied but attributed it to a lack of public transportation, accessible healthcare, and employment opportunities. Other reasons were unavailable social service resources, employment training and higher education opportunities.

    April 10, 2014

  • April is Child Abuse Awareness Month

    Child Protective Services investigated more than 160,000 allegations of child abuse or neglect in Texas last year.

    April 9, 2014

  • Ag, timer exemptions a ‘money grab’

    I recently wrote a letter that was critical of the Appraisal District for forcing landowners to jump through hoops and spend money to maintain timber and ag exemptions on rural property.

    April 8, 2014

  • Local veteran: ‘Is that what we fought for?’

    The other night I was sitting at the house feeling alone and feeling down in the dumps. Wishing I was back in Vietnam, wishing I was anywhere but here in Cherokee County

    April 5, 2014

  • A few more words on ag exemptions

    People who claim an ag exemption and really do not tend to it are not benefitting the economy; all they are doing is forcing the rest of us to pay higher taxes to make up for their dishonesty.

    April 4, 2014

  • Crying foul

    What an amazing bit of gerrymandering in the opening lines of an article posted by Fox News this morning. The article: “Critics cry foul as feds place lesser prairie chicken on threatened species list” began with the first line with: “The Obama administration on Thursday announced plans to place the lesser prairie chicken on a list of threatened species...” and was quickly followed with: The Fish and Wildlife Service's decision, set to take effect around May 1 ... ”

    April 3, 2014

  • Appraisal District ‘doing its job’

    The letter to the Editor criticizing the steps being taken by the Appraisal District to verify whether or not owners of 11 acres or less are making legitimate use of their ag exemption exudes naïvete, disingenuousness, ignorance and a failure to understand economics.

    April 2, 2014

  • Clearing up decision to audit property

    It’s rarely advised to engage in a ‘letter to the editor’ debate.  However, in view of our current activities and the recently posted letter to the editor in a local newspaper regarding such, I am writing this response to set the record straight.

    March 29, 2014

  • A plea for politicians to pick up signs

    Just wondering who should pick up the political signs after the elections are over?

    March 28, 2014