Letters to the Editor

It costs money to rehab animals long neglected

Thank you for your recent article by Amelia Dickson regarding the rescued sheep from Yelm that had been neglected over several years.

Thankfully, a neighbor notified the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office; that led to an investigation of the condition of the sheep. Sadly, two lambs were found dead. When the 11 surviving sheep were impounded by law enforcement, the sheep were transferred for care to Hooved Animal Rescue of Thurston County (HAROTC). These sheep were thin, had only rain water to drink, and had not been sheared for years.

Now, under the care of HAROTC, they will be fed a healthy diet with fresh water, and the care of a veterinarian doctor. I would like to add to Amelia’s story that HAROTC is an all-volunteer non-profit organization that relies on donations to care for abused and neglected animals. Taking in these sheep is very costly for food, shelter, and veterinary care. HAROTC is already caring for several horses that have been rescued from abuse and neglect.

I hope that members of the community will join me in making a donation to HAROTC to help the volunteers with the expenses in caring for these sheep. Donations for HAROTC can be mailed to P.O. Box 711, East Olympia, WA 98540. Their website is www.har-otc.org. Also, if anyone wants to donate food or supplies, they can call HAROTC at 360-701-2007 to make arrangements.

Donna Snow