Enact the bottle tax, save the animals

May 18, 2010

After reading "The job that nobody talks about: Health department cuts would decrease city's animal services" (May 16) I was outraged with Baltimore City and the fact the are proposing yet another cut to animal control, which is already operating on a shoestring budget. As a volunteer at Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS) for the last three years I have seen first hand the animal abuse that continues to go on in Baltimore City day in and day out, most of it never reported by the news.

We owe it to the animals of the city to protect and take care of them regardless of budgets, recessions and the like. The City Council is voting on a bottle tax to help close the gap for the health department, which funds BARCS. Please call your City Council member and ask them to support the drink tax. A few extra cents from you and me will fund BARCS and will help the animals in the city.

Amanda Fitzgerald, Baltimore

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