Op/Ed

Letter to the editor: Area law enforcement helped saved suffering animals

I would like to express my gratitude to the troopers of the New Haven Barracks of the Vermont State Police, the staff of the Addison County State’s Attorney Office and multiple individuals in Addison County and beyond who recently came together to assist some large animals who were suffering for lack of food, water, and veterinary attention.
Legally seizing animals that are suspected of being criminally neglected is a complex endeavor and there are many moving parts that need to come together to successfully do so.
In less than one week, law enforcement and the county prosecutor worked to secure a warrant and a local vet, a volunteer with a truck and a trailer, and an Addison County family responded to very short-notice requests for help with physically removing and housing the animals.  
Working with all these folks to see these animals to their temporary quarters where they could drink clean fresh water and munch hay to their heart’s content was enormously gratifying and an antidote to so much of the divisiveness plaguing us today. It makes me proud and grateful to live and work in Addison County.
Jessica Danyow
Executive Director
Homeward Bound, Addison County’s Humane Society
Middlebury

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