Cruelty to animals leads to crimes against people

August 10, 2011

Regarding your story about animal cruelty ("City man is charged with killing one cat and abusing another," Aug. 4), I'm an animal lover who had my 22-year-old cat euthanized three months ago and I'm still crying from the loss.

I got her from an animal shelter when she was about six weeks old and she showed signs of abuse. It broke my heart to think that someone would harm a little kitten.

I'm against places like PetSmart and other stores that sell pets. Even though they ask customers to complete an application before buying a pet, it's nothing like the background check a rescue organization requires. They thoroughly research the applicant and it takes days or weeks for them to finally give the okay. That's exactly how it should be.

I know there are too many animals that need homes, but as an animal lover, I truly believe it is more humane to euthanize the animals than give them to people who might harm them.

People who hurt animals often graduate to hurting humans. The suspect in this case is one dot away of being a serial killer, if he isn't one already.

Grace Lamana, Severna Park

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