We applaud Powers for being clear-eyed, both about the need for this post and about the equal need for adequate funding. The county seems to be proceeding thoughtfully toward this goal, which we encourage.
If the money is there to fund this position, an animal cruelty officer would be capable of doing an awful lot of good in our communities. Think about “Little Guy,” the emaciated dog found recently in a garbage pail near Cooperstown with a metal chain embedded in his skin — a sign that he had been chained for so long that the skin had begun to grow over the metal.
As Powers said, quite simply, “We need to be able to prevent these kinds of things from happening.”
We couldn’t agree more.