2002-01-19 / Letters

The Dog’s Side Of The Story

The Dog's Side Of The Story

The following letter was sent to the Daily News in answer to its story on the continuing wild dog problem in Rockaway.

Dear Daily News;

I read your story this morning regarding the strays and the shame of your story is that we will never have the whole true story.  The other victims in your story cannot speak.  Yes, dogs do roam the desolate areas of Rockaway and some may be vicious but the dogs you pictured in today's story are not.

Many months ago, I was traveling home with my family when we nearly struck the brown and white dog in your picture.  He was trying to keep up with the four other dogs in his group as they made their way through the traffic and over
to the designated spot where people feed them each night.  We followed him, not knowing where he was going and worried over his reckless abandonment.  We learned through the angels that feed him and his "family" each night that he was an addition that the family took in.  The family consists of Momma dog (who you see in each of your pictures with her ears hanging downward) and
Pete (the brown and white dog) and her children.  The woman that feeds them even knew where Momma dog had come from.  It seems Momma dog was abused and abandoned.  Then, once she became pregnant and had her puppies, Momma's owner
threw her and the pups out on the street.  She's been caring for her family on her own ever since.  As we stood there listening to her story we tried to get her to come to us.  Her family will go to you but she stays back, reserved and sad.  She gives you a look that says she remembers what it's like to have a home, she remembers what it was like to be warm, to be fed, to not have to
contend with the rats, glass, cars and cruelty of children on the streets,
but she also remembers what it is like to be betrayed by her owner that she had grown to love and doesn't want to go through that again.  When you raise the conscience of the public as to the awareness of these strays, don't forget Momma.  She's a sweet dog, a lovable dog, a betrayed dog that never deserved the life humans have dealt her and I'm sure her story is not the first or last that sums up these silent victims stories.


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