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December 29, 2008 at 4:00 PM

Kitties left in the cold

Get it right

I am disgusted with the response of Carolyn Ableman, Record and Licensing Services director, to the situation at the animal shelter [“Officers who criticized cat care at shelter could be reprimanded,” News, Dec. 26]. In response to the heroic actions of Animal Control Officer Michael Cronin, she said, “We’re probably going to give him some response — at least a ‘coaching and counseling’ on how to do it in the future.”

Cronin wrote a complaint. He is a professional with 24 years of experience. He saw a problem and was attempting to get something done quickly to prevent animals from suffering needlessly. I applaud him.

Ableman’s response is unacceptable. We live in the U.S. When we see problems, we are supposed to speak up and should never fear a reprimand for doing so.

Whether Cronin’s complaint proved to have merit is not the issue. It was a complaint, not a conclusion. Cronin’s actions were entirely correct in this situation.

Ableman is the employee who should receive a written reprimand and should improve her skills and understanding of how to function professionally, or she should be terminated.

— Linda Rio, Seattle

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