FHS seeks to help sheriff obtain proper transport

Published 5:44 pm Monday, August 2, 2010

To the Editor:

The Polk County Sheriffs budget this year includes money for a new truck and box to transport dogs to replace the current aged equipment which does not comply with NC minimum standards.

It was hoped that the money could be found in the budget for a climate controlled box, but only the minimum fresh air ventilation system was approved. &bsp;

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This equipment will be in service for many years, and only $2,100 more would pay for heating and air conditioning necessary to keep the dogs in a comfortable temperature range year round.&bsp; Most of the animals are stressed enough by the experience, without the additional problems caused by of transport in extreme temperatures, which can cause heat stroke, shock and hypothermia. &bsp;

Foothills Humane Society thinks this equipment is really important for the welfare of the hundreds of dogs Animal Control delivers to the shelter every year. &bsp;

If you could help with a donation of any amount to help pay for the climate controlled dog box, please send it to Foothills Humane Society, 989 Little Mountain Road, Columbus, NC&bsp; 28722&bsp; with the notation Polk County Animal Control.

They need to order this box by July 20th, so time is short. &bsp;

Dot Moyer