A Louisiana animal welfare agency expressed anguish over an animal control technician’s decision to commit suicide. On Saturday, the St. Landry Parish Animal Control & Rescue was moved to write a public Facebook post about the situation after reading heartless comments from people who apparently do not fully grasp what an animal control technician faces with their job.
The anguished words
St. Landry Parish Animal Control explained:
Recently, I received an email about the death of an Animal Control tech. As I read I felt so much PAIN for her. She took on the role of all…and when the animals did*not* find homes. Her job became to kill them….she took her LIFE.
The public’s lack of understanding
Apparently, people accused the woman who committed suicide of being weak – they pondered why she would ever take her own life. The truth may be hard for some to see, but St. Landry Parish explains:
Since her words are SILENCE. I am going to answer for her and so many. “We, within the walls of animal control struggle. We try. We make very little. We have little to no emotional support. There’s no escape route. When you become committed to YOUR animals in your care…its because YOU CARE. When NO ONE COMES…NO ADOPTIONS…NO OUT….THE KENNELS PACK UP….There’s only one way out…DEATH.
The harsh reality of the public’s lack of understanding and cruel words
When a dog or cat is put down at an animal control agency, there is almost always a public outcry – there are words of condemnation about why they animal was not saved. Rarely are the harsh words directed at the person who surrendered the pet, or at those who abandon, dump and breed. The words are directed to the person who is forced to slide the needle into the leg and make the fatal injection. St. Landry Parish Animal Control wrote:
EVERYONE asks why that animal. You killed that dog. You are horrible. You did this. You…You…You.
That weight, those words only add to the already PAIN. The GUILT. The BURDEN of FAILING. And we live with it. Why don’t you? The public? Our weight is endless. And yet, it’s us people hate. Timeless effort we give daily…free.
Understanding and help needed
Everyone needs to take part in ending the epidemic of pet overpopulation. Everyone needs to help educate those who believe that their pet doesn’t need to be spayed or neutered. Everyone needs to take time to network on behalf of homeless pets. Everyone should do something – foster, adopted, volunteer, donate. The burden cannot fall entirely on the animal control agencies who are forced to clean up society’s mess.
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