Impassioned Letter to the Editor Echoes Thoughts & Concerns of Many

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BeBe Braveheart
This two-and-a-half week old kitten, who has been named BeBe Braveheart, was at the center of a story in early June in the Nevada Appeal. The kitten had been cruelly shot with multiple BBs and is now in the care of animal rescue organization Catmandu. (Photo: Nevada Appeal)

With all the horrible stories that seem to be accompanying kitten season this year for those who love, care for and about, and respect animal life, it can be overwhelming. Such is the sentiment shared in one Letter to the Editor that made it into the Sunday, June 11, edition of the Nevada Appeal.



It is with a very heavy heart that I compose this letter. My theme is not about politics or terrorists but something far more sinister, the degradation of societal mores. For those of you who do not get the Nevada Appeal or failed to notice the article in the paper regarding the tiny kitten now dubbed “BeBe,” the incident of which I write involves the lowest of low that exists in our society.

Some demented, sadistic individual out of sheer pleasure decided it would be great “sport” to take their pellet gun/rifle and shoot a tiny less-than-three-month-old kitten, not once, not twice, not even three times but rather seven times.

Fortunately some kind soul in Dayton found this kitten and called Catmandu in Carson. They came to the rescue and with the help of a vet, seven 5 mm pellets were removed. A foster home was found for this tiny helpless kitten and she is now on the mend. The kitten did lose part of her ear, and we pray for a complete recovery.

What has our society become when we can condone such inhumane behavior?

As I write this I am physically and mentally crying. Why? Why? There is no answer for this type of behavior.

My wife and I visited Catmandu to see what we could do to help. I am prepared to offer a $1,000 reward for information leading to the identification and arrest of the guilty party.

With profound sadness,

Joel Flamenbaum

Carson City

For many, Flamenbaum’s words ring true. There is no understanding for why anyone would think this type of cruelty has any place, let alone be the source of fun and entertainment. However, we can each be an advocate for these animals in many ways.

  • First and foremost, making sure that animals are spayed and neutered as soon as possible, which can include being a part of/sponsor/donate funds to a local rescue, TNR, or shelter, in addition to taking care of our own pets.
  • Second, if cruelty is witnessed, do something. While you may not feel safe confronting someone during an encounter, call the police to request immediate assistance. Get descriptions of those who are involved, even take pictures or video if you can do so safely, and get it to the authorities straight away.
  • Third, consider opening your home to foster those animals in need of love and encouragement.
  • Finally, always encourage anyone looking for a pet to ADOPT don’t SHOP. There are many wonderful animals out there that want and need a forever home of their own.

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