About a year ago, I was arrested for trimming a dog. I know that you print "news" as you feel fit, however I will respectfully have you consider the following. I spent nine months of my life getting my veterinary assistant degree from Penn Foster. In the time I have lived in the valley, I have also:
Rescued two horses in Page County. Had a horse that was starved nearly to death brought to me. After having her one day I had her put down because she got down and was beating herself to death trying to stand. I believe no charges were brought against the owner.
Cut a halter off of a wild donkey's head. The halter was growing into the animals' head.
Rescued three Paso Fino horses from Woodstock, resulting in an $800 hospital bill for injuries I sustained.
Fixed broken bones on goats. Helped pigs trampled by their mother. Taken in any animal large or small that needed help.
Provided food to county kids when they were hungry, sick or just needed to have a shoulder to cry on. Gone on calls with friends and strangers to deliver horses, dogs, cats, etc. Did as much as I could to help the sheriff's office with loose animals.
I have never asked for anything in return for helping. All of this I did for love of animals and children. I have been trampled, bitten, kick, mauled, bruised and battered. I am not asking for a pat on the back or an "atta girl." All I ask is that the next time something sounds juicy to your readers, you might want to get both sides of the story.
To end this, I will tell you that the dog I was arrested for is now dead from cancer. The charges against me were dismissed. And I will have to hire an attorney to have that mess taken off my record.
I will continue to help animals. Unfortunately, It won't be me at the end of a lead line. I'll be the one telling someone stronger what to do.
Lorraine Stonaker-Whelan, Edinburg