Westie column missed the mark on humor

November 12, 2012 

Re Nov. 4 Peter McKay column, “Doomed to have a Westie”

I look forward to the Sunday Sun News for information and entertainment. The article, “Doomed to have a Westie” caught my eye. I began reading it, just knowing there would be some laughs and probably a few plugs for animal rescues. It was wide open for positive reporting but no, this uninformed, seasoned writer publicized his own stereotyped, negative opinions. I was certainly surprised by Peter McKay’s ignorant, awful, derogatory, disrespectful and mostly untrue column.

The column was full of false and damaging information about shelter animals and employees, for example: “Shelters are jammed full of the kind of dogs who have just finished, or are planning to soon rip some l2-year-o1d’s arm off” and “the second most common thing, beside scraggly growling dogs, is shelter lady attitude.” This writer needs to write about topics he knows. He has a lot to learn about animal shelters and rescues. If Peter McKay, The Sun News, and anyone else thought this was humorous, it was at the expense of innocent animals and those who work with them.

My dog is a 3-year-old lab from the Horry County Shelter euthanasia list. She and her four puppies were rescued and fostered by All 4 Paws Animal Rescue. They are far, far from ripping a child’s arm off.

The writer lives in North Myrtle Beach.

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