What kind of despicable excuse for a human being would shoot a sweet, lovable yellow Labrador retriever six times at close range while restrained and then leave the suffering dog for dead?
That is the hideous crime that happened in Avon Township almost two weeks ago. (See related story in today’s paper.) The good news is the reactions of outrage, concern and generosity that have surfaced when the sad story was disseminated by the media throughout the state. For every sick, twisted individual who does such a vicious deed to a helpless dog or other animal, there are thousands of people who cherish animals and who go out of their way to help them. Some studies have shown that people’s regard, respect and love for animals has increased dramatically in recent years. That is likely due to such widely published shocking cruelty cases, like the brutality against Remington, so-dubbed by the staff at the Tri-County Humane Society where he was treated for his traumatic injuries and where he is slowly recovering.
Another reason for an increased awareness of the needs of animals in jeopardy is because of the incredible educational outreach programs of the humane society. We are so fortunate to have the Tri-County Humane Society in East St. Cloud. Even more fortunate are the thousands of animals (dogs, cats and other pets) that are given a new lease on life thanks to the passionate dedication of all who work and volunteer at that humane society/animal shelter.
In just the last two or three years, the adoption rate has increased dramatically at the society, with up to 90 percent and more of the animals housed there finding homes. That, again, is due to the extraordinary efforts of the staff to do outreach education programs throughout the three-county area, as well as frequent adoption drives at pet centers and elsewhere.
The TCHS is a not-for-profit, independent organization that receives no government funding. It’s supported primarily via shelter income, donations, fundraising events and the good deeds of so many friends and well-wishers.
Only about 15 percent of the animals at the shelter are “strays.” The rest are surrendered by people who can no longer keep their animal(s) for one reason or another. The TCHS staff and volunteers work very hard to ensure all animals at the shelter are treated with compassion to keep them free of hunger, thirst, discomfort, pain, diseases and loneliness.
In the 41 years since it was founded, the TCHS has done wonders to help animals and to find them new homes. The best way to help brutally abused animals like Remington is to give a generous donation to the TCHS. The donations are certain to provide comfort and a new lease on life for animals that are just as in dire need of help and kindness as Remington.
To donate online, go to tricountyhumanesociety.org.
Or send a check to TCHS at P.O. Box 701, St. Cloud, Minn. 56302.
The TCHS is also always grateful to receive donated items such as kitty litter, pet food, office supplies and so forth. To find those needs, visit its website.
Author: Dennis Dalman
Dalman was born and raised in South St. Cloud, graduated from St. Cloud Tech High School, then graduated from St. Cloud State University with a degree in English (emphasis on American and British literature) and mass communications (emphasis on print journalism). He studied in London, England for a year (1980-81) where he concentrated on British literature, political science, the history of Great Britain and wrote a book-length study of the British writer V.S. Naipaul. Dalman has been a reporter and weekly columnist for more than 30 years and worked for 16 of those years for the Alexandria Echo Press.