We hadn’t had any discussion here of recent pit bull thefts. This passage from a email newsletter from Mayor Steve Benjamin reminded me:
Sometimes we joke about running for dogcatcher. Well, earlier this week, the dogcatchers were making headlines instead of punchlines when the Columbia Police Department and Animal Services announced that they have arrested two individuals suspected of repeatedly breaking into the animal shelter and recovered 17 pit bulls stolen from the shelter.
I am so proud of all the men and women who worked to bring this situation to a speedy resolution and thankful for concerned citizens like Carey Shealy who, after hearing about the break-ins, voluntarily installed a number of security cameras at the shelter in the hopes that it would help law enforcement identify those responsible.
But while this effort further demonstrates the spirit of cooperation and generosity that makes Columbia such a wonderful place to live, it also highlights our growing need in finding homes for unwanted and too often abused pets.
We have so many animals that need and deserve a good home so I want to encourage all of you to do what you can. If you’re interested in adopting a pet or volunteering your time, please visit the shelter at 127 Humane Lane (off Shop Rd. and I-77) or call 776-PETS (7387).
Please, get involved and help make a difference in an animal’s life today.
I’d like to add my attaboy to the mayor’s.
And let me also add that Pawmetto Lifeline can use some help as well.