2010-06-17 / Letters to the Editor

Animal control odds against us

Hurray for us! We cut our town budget last night! We changed our full-time animal control officer to a part-time position. We are, after all, in difficult financial times and cutting the budget of government has become the national outcry.

We’ve become Barrington or East Greenwich, haven’t we? Our new houses scream suburbia. Our school is great and our roads aren’t even that bad anymore. The catch, however, is that those new homes still sit on a rural island with a growing population of raccoons, coyotes, deer, opossum, skunk and fisher cats, to name a few.

There will be a crisis someday. The odds are against us. Maybe a rabid animal gone mad downtown or a fisher cat eating the neighborhood pets. We can no longer call a professional to deal with the problem. Our choices are a parttimer, a reluctant untrained police officer or a disinterested N.K. animal control person. I hope the outcome will be successful.

After all, we did save .0026 percent of our budget.
Nancy Cloud

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