Letter: Much more than a dogcatcher
Editor, Gazette Journal:
As an animal rescuer who has worked with animal control officers throughout the country, I have come to appreciate what a treasure Mathews County has in Ralph Horn.
I recently came upon this tribute to ACOs and thought it might illuminate the importance of good animal control officers and help Mathews officials realize how much more than "a dogcatcher" Mr. Horn is.
Animal Control Officers
by Rob Leinberger
We walk a different path than most on the journey as an ACO.
Our hearts are as big as the ocean but only the animals will understand.
We see the tragedies others can’t see, we do the things most won’t do.
Sitting in court all day waiting on a case we might lose.
Hearing the angry voice of an owner as we ask them to care for their pet.
Patiently waiting in the pouring rain as confidence grows in the scared dog.
Courage through filth and despair as we’re greeted by a house full of sick cats.
Watching them with hidden tears at the death of an abused animal, helpless to its fate.
Working through the fury of Mother Nature, laughing at the challenge.
Listening as our job is explained by those who’ve never been in our boots.
We smile knowing it’s what we gladly do, making a difference each day.