I Find It Hard To Believe

To the Editor;
Re: A Shocking, Violent and Tragic End
Having moved to the blissful little town of Three Hills just one year ago, I was rather shocked to read about a dog that was kidnapped and had her throat slit. I guess I had been feeling somewhat immune to the larger centre's problems until now.
My sister, who incidentally is recovering from cancer, had earlier in the evening pointed out the article to me and then headed out on foot to visit friends and family. I was rather concerned when she did not return until after dark and so had placed a few calls until hearing that she was on her way home. Shortly thereafter, I heard the key in the door and so I thanked her for for showing me that article and then nonchalantly wandering in after dark. While waiting for her return, I had been trying hard not to let my imagination run away with me of a guy wielding a knife, ready to pounce by the cover of night.
This situation between sisters was a bit of a role reversal for us, as she is the older, wiser one, who used to chastise me as a teenager for coming home late. I further explained to my big sis that if someone was capable of slashing the throat of a family pet, they, often times, will work their way up to killing people.
In regards to the letters written by the murdered dog's human family, I too find it hard to believe that the fellow who took the family pet, did so with good intentions of returning her to her owner. A sane person would merely phone the town office stating that a dog is running loose and they need to pick it up, end of problem. If it was a case of an abandoned dog in a rural area, then and only then, would I personally get involved by cautiously approaching the animal to see if it would come to me voluntarily, and if that went well, I would bring it to the local pound to deal with. This would be a much kinder fate for the animal then becoming coyote bait or starving to death. As for the case of Boa, she was clearly not a stray, as she had tags on clearly identifying her and probably was quite healthy and happy looking, as described by her adopted human Mom.
As a child I rescued many a stray dog and cat and went door to door looking for the owner. Much to my parent's chagrin on one occasion, found a mother cat and her kittens hidden in my empty toy box. I would sneak table scraps and milk from the table and had a blanket and a litter box for their comfort as well. I was probably about eight years old at the time, and was trying to find homes for them on the sly before my parents found out they even existed. My Dad, after giving me heck, ended up bringing them to my uncle's farm and turned the feline family out in the barn. Back in the 70's there was not an animal shelter in our area.  May years later I co-founded the Wild Horses of Alberta Society when I found out horses were being used for target practice.
Our lax Canadian laws leave animals wide open to being abused, and the perpetrators will get a mere slap on the wrist. Unfortunately, people who are subjected to violence in our country received similar treatment to our four-legged friends, I know this all too well. The abuse situation is appalling for both human and beast alike, and in my opinion, it is high time we took our heads out of the sand and did more to change things from the status quo.
I realize that animal rights groups may be none too popular in this area, at this time, due to the extreme cast of the Guzoo witch hunt. That situation was purely disgraceful, as the Guzoo owners too have taken in many in injured, stray or abused animal.
Perhaps animal advocates can play a positive role this time by helping get some justice for Boa's family.
Doreen Hagel
Three Hills, AB