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LETTER: Action needed on dog problem

To the Editor: My heart was broken when the news came out a little over a year ago that a little 8-year-old girl had been killed by a pack of wild dogs running on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. A story was published in the Nov. 28, issue of T...

To the Editor:

My heart was broken when the news came out a little over a year ago that a little 8-year-old girl had been killed by a pack of wild dogs running on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

A story was published in the Nov. 28, issue of The Daily Republic: "Attacking dogs still roaming Pine Ridge Indian Reservation." That article tells us the Oglala Sioux Tribal Council held a meeting and the consensus was action would be taken.

The article in the Dec. 5 Daily Republic tells of us most of the problem still exists. One of the little ones bitten in the face and the younger one they attacked was probably spared from severe damage, as they were after his backpack. Both were too small to defend themselves against dogs of this nature.

I was under the impression they had a plan. I have no idea as to what play they were going to use to eliminate the problem, but I felt they were going to destroy all canines running loose.

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I don't believe if captured, most of the canines would be a dog people would wish to adopt as a pet. They don't forget their culture. They could produce an act of violence at any time.

Ask our governor and leaders of the reservation to meet. Our governor could be asked for help as we have several agencies to ask for help to remove the animals. We have a National Guard with vehicles and manpower, a large Air Force base nearby and the western South Dakota law enforcement personnel. A group of volunteers and the round up and the elimination of the canine numbers wouldn't take too long.

I must express my thought that I feel an animal shelter is not the answer. Articles in the paper don't eliminate this horrible problem; talking about what to do doesn't help. It takes action.

Let us come forward and help so it doesn't happen again.

Jack McBrayer

Mitchell

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