2009-10-02 / Letters

Thank You Dr. Rogoff

Dear Editor,

A couple of weeks ago it was a dog left to die outside of the Animal Hospital of the Rockaways. Despite Dr. Rogoff's best efforts the poor animal did not survive. While the ordeal the poor dog went through was beyond all measure of cruelty, at least the low life that left it behind had the sense to leave it in front of the hospital, where it had at least a fighting chance.

This week my wife is nursing a kitten that can't be more than a few days old. Why? Because on Monday, Sept 21, 2009, another low life decided to toss the poor thing into the bay. Luckily a Good Samaritan (Sean) saw the kitten and jumped into the bay to save it. This was right around the corner from, again, Dr Rogoff's. The doc cleaned off the tar and oil that had covered the kitten. He gave my wife all the supplies needed to nurse it and clean out the oil still clogged up in its eyes.

Once again Dr. Rogoff has gone above and beyond and should be commended for his compassion and generosity. I, of course, would also like to thank my wife for being the compassionate woman she always is by taking in "Connor" (the name is pending identity of the sex, as it is still too young to be sure). I would especially like to thank Sean, who risked his own life to save that of this tiny little ball of fluff.

Exactly what is this world coming to? How do people place such little, if any, regard for the lives of defenseless creatures. You don't need to be an animal lover to have just the slightest measure of compassion in these cases. Simple human decency dictates what the right thing to do is.

When you have people that can do the things that were done to these poor creatures, it is only a matter of time before those same people commit similar, if not worse, acts against other people.

BILL SMITH

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