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From Marge Myer

July 24, 2012
Wetzel Chronicle

To the citizens of Paden City, Wetzel County: We are overrun by opossum, raccoons, cats, and dogs. They get in your garbage, under your homes, and in your basements. We are supposed to have an animal control officer; I am here to say, he is not doing his job.

I have had a mother opossum and her litter under my trailer for about four months. The part-time county dog warden did bring a trap down for me to trap the animals. One night, one of the opossums, a young one, got trapped. I called the dog warden with no response. I then called the police department to get someone to come, get the opossum, and release it into the woods. The dispatcher told me that the police were too busy and didn't have the time. I was told to get one of my neighbors or family to take care of it. Well, the area that I live in is mostly senior citizens, which is like myself, a disabled senior citizen. The animal had to sit in the trap all day in the hot sun, until my neighbor came home from work around 6 p.m. that evening. He was nice enough to take it to the woods and release it. A friend of mine reset the trap.

The second night, the mother opossum got trapped. It started all over again, calling animal control with no response. The police dispatcher tried to contact the animal control with no response. The police department said the same thing, that they were too busy. So at 9:30 p.m. that night, I called Mr. Hopkins, our mayor. He said he couldn't do anything that night but would take care of it first thing in the morning.

Around 9:30 a.m. the next morning, I was on my porch when I saw a police officer pull in across the street. I thought he was looking for my address, that the mayor had sent him. I yelled for him, and he said he didn't know anything about my problem. But the young officer took the time to dispose of the possum into the woods and brought the trap back to me. That was very nice of him. Another neighbor came over and reset the trap for me, as I still have young opossums under my trailer.

So what I'm getting at, is if we don't have animal control or police protection, then why are we paying their wages; or a mayor that doesn't make good on his word. Thanks for reading this.

Yours truly,

Marge Myer, a disabled senior citizen

Paden City



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