Fall River County Commissioners:

I have recently become a resident of this beautiful county. I am very happy to have moved here and must look very closely to find any faults. The people, scenery, climate, and small town feel are all incredible. That is why when I found out about your treatment of the Battle Mountain Humane Society, I was shocked.

Not only do you deny them funding, you won’t even pay them to act as animal control for the county, a service they have been and continue to offer for free.

That was a shocking discovery, but when I read your comments about this charitable organization, I was appalled and outraged!

You call the place an eye sore, I think it looks very nice, it is always tidy, free from waste, and welcoming.

Perhaps if you’d like it to look better you could provide some money or go out and repair fences, pull weeds, paint, of course you’ll have to do this without air conditioning. Have you been out there, obviously not to volunteer or adopt, but to look around or even driven by? If you had you would see Michelle Brock, a Saint doing God’s work. She works seven days a week, normally 12 hour or longer days, making sure these neglected and abused animals can be nursed back to the companions that so desperately want to be.

You state that air conditioning for dogs is ridiculous. So I am sure your pets spend 24/7 outdoors.

How would you like to endure 100 degree summer days with no relief? Most of these animals are weak, injured, or sick when they come in, they can not survive in that heat.

My favorite comments were about how animals are less important than other causes, your disagreement with the no kill policy, and how these animals are not worth the effort to bring back to health and find loving homes for.

Proverbs 10:12 says, “Good people take care of their animals, but even the kindest acts of the wicked are cruel.” Exodus 23:5 reads, “If you see your enemy’s donkey has fallen because its load is too heavy, do not leave it there. You must help your enemy get the donkey back on its feet.”

Muhatma Ghandi said, “The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated”.

Arthur Schopenhauer stated, “Compassion for animals is intimately associated with goodness of charecter, and it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to animals cannot be a good man”.

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I have lived in Hot Springs for four months. I have attended the churches, volunteered at senior homes, veteran organizations, and of course the wonderful Battle Mountain Humane Society.

What have our commissioners done for the county that they serve in that time, other than to bad mouth and take advantage of a charitable organization?

Hot Springs is a town of veterans, a town of seniors, a town of tourists, and you better believe it is a town of animal lovers.

I am looking forward to becoming a registered voter and campaigning hard for representatives that have more compassion for animals and are better aligned with the people of this beautiful gift we are privileged to live and work in.

James (Jim) Powers is a newer resident of Hot Springs.

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