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Letter: Animal shelter discharge unfair

John Holm

To the editor:

This is my first letter to the editor and I feel I should write, after reading in Wednesday’s paper, Feb. 21, that Ruth Lavern Cechettini-Hughes has been discharged after nine years from the job she loved.

She was so devoted to the abandoned and lost dogs and cats at the animal shelter and I know for a fact that she loved her job.

One year ago I lost my faithful companion, “Skipper.” After 14 beautiful years I had to put him to sleep. It was devastating to me. At the insistence of my neighbor’s daughter, she drove me out to the animal shelter, to find another buddy.

It was there that I met Ruth Hughes for the first time. She was friendly and consoled me in the loss of my buddy, “Skipper.”

She took me into the area where the abandoned and lost dogs and cats were. She said, “Take your time and find a new buddy.”

There were more than 20 dogs there, all sizes, breeds and ages. My friend and I picked two that we liked.

I didn’t decide that day, but came back three days later and took each one for a walk. Again, Ruth said take all the time you want – so accommodating.

I decided on a German shepherd-golden retriever mix, 1 year old, female. She was a beautiful dog and we have become great pals.

After waiting one day while the dog was being spayed, I signed the papers and paid the fee and took home a new buddy. Before leaving the shelter, Ruth got down on her hands and knees and hugged the dog and the dog licked her face. You could see the love she had for those homeless animals, and the love the animal gave in return. She was an asset to the animal shelter and loved her job.

She deserves another chance. We all make mistakes in life and she admits she made a mistake and wants to be forgiven. Please give Ruth another chance and bring her back where she belongs, taking care of all those homeless animals. We need more loving people like Ruth Hughes.

John Holm

South Lake Tahoe

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