Saturday, May 12, 2007

The Dump that Didn't

An editorial in today's issue of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner ran under the headline "Ending 'the dump' ", and it is very good news. Apparently in response to a radio interview perhaps reinforced by the AP article referenced in my Commentary on the "Spring Husky Dump"
the "annual" spring influx of huskies into the FNSB Animal Control shelter didn't happen this year.

Shelter manager Matt Ruger was quoted as saying "Communication between mushers, the shelter and volunteers with the Second Chance League, led to a situation where there was essentially no dump this spring." The article further states "...the mushing community at large seems to be accepting some responsibility and taking steps to ease the problem."

Although essentially a local issue, it has nonetheless been a hot topic of discussion on the Mush with PRIDE E-mail list. Taken as a whole, I think it is a sign that the vast majority of dog mushers truly are very concerned about the well-being of our animals. I wish more pet owners could boast the same.

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