2010-04-08 / Letters to the Editor

Police can’t do what ACO does

In response to William Kelly’s letter to the editor in last week’s Jamestown Press:

I see you came up with the average cost of each call to the ACO of $1271. I’d say that was a bit of an exaggeration to say the least.

I’m sure you didn’t take into consideration the fact that our ACO, Cathy Gregory, not only works 40 hours per week, but is on call 24/7 for anyone who needs her help. There’s no way you could ever tally up the cost for that.

She also goes out of her way to help people find lost animals, no matter what it takes, and she usually succeeds in finding that animal, no matter how long it takes. Many times, she does this on her days off.

Do the police do that? No.

She sacrifices her own time to help people in need and never turns anyone away.

Do the police do that? No.

If someone’s pet is sick or dying or even dead, she’s right there to comfort them and do whatever is necessary to help them through a very difficult time.

Do the police do that? No. You’re lucky if they even show up, let alone do anything more than that.

With so many pet lovers and wild animals on the island, we need a full-time ACO to be there when we need help. There’s no way to put a price on that.

Let the police do their job; they’re not trained for animal rescue, nor do they have the compassion and expertise that Cathy Gregory has in caring for our animals.

Let our ACO do her job. No one can do it better.
Jane Knight

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