To the editor:

In the past two months we have made four trips to the animal shelter. These trips were to take dogs that had been abandoned near our ranch. Two of these dogs were beautiful labs that had recently given birth to litters of pups. These dogs were fortunate. When people dump their animals in the country those animals can normally expect two fates: 1) The animals will starve to death or die of dehydration or 2) the animals will be shot. Unknown dogs around livestock are not tolerated. If you find yourself in a situation and you are no longer able to care for your animals or no longer want them, do the humane thing. Take those pets to a shelter. If you are too embarrassed or afraid to take them, drop them off when the shelter is closed. There is a holding pen you can leave the animals in when the shelter is not open. People who dump their animals and expect to animals to fend for themselves or find new homes are irresponsible and cruel. Do the right thing. Find your animal a home or take it to a shelter.

Sharon Clark