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STATE SHOULD LICENSE ANIMAL-SHELTER MANAGERS

The News article about the Clarence animal shelter could have been written about other shelters in the state. Several shelters in Western New York have been the subject of many complaints from concerned citizens.

Besides deplorable housing and dubious animal care, these shelters have something else in common -- their shelter managers. Some have been political appointees. Many have had no experience running such facilities, much less dealing with stressed animals.

The state should require prospective managers to attend classes on how to run a top-notch shelter and how to deal humanely with stray and wild animals. Then they should be licensed.

Then, if the animals entrusted to them receive poor care, the state will have a means to monitor the situation and, if necessary, revoke the manager's license. The cost would be minor, but what could be gained is major -- the assurance that animals aren't needlessly suffering or dying.

Jack Walters Hamburg

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