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Abandoned ferret suffered a painful, unnecessary death

By Letters to the Editor

To the Editor:

Last week a young life was lost because of ignorance and callousness. Two weeks ago a young ferret was abandoned in a rental. Animal control was called, and when they arrived, they told the informant that they could not enter the premises without a judge’s order.

The ferret was trapped, no food and no water, alone. She waited and waited, but no one came to feed or water her, or to take her to safety, or to allow her to live. Last Friday a judge’s order was signed, not because of the ferret but for other reasons, and the ferret was found in the abandoned dwelling, but it was too late for her.

This innocent ferret suffered horrendously, alone for two weeks, because she had been abandoned and because no one cared enough to check on her and save her life. She died of severe dehydration, starvation, and flea anemia. Section 58-2557 of the Landlord Tenant act specifically states “(b) The landlord may enter the dwelling unit without consent of the tenant in case of an extreme hazard involving the potential loss of life or severe property damage.

If you are a landlord, please read the Kansas Residential Landlord and Tenant Act and know your rights. You can print a pdf copy from the web. If you are a tenant and abandon the dwelling — do not leave an animal behind. There is no guarantee it will be found in time. There are places to take your pet — rescues, the animal shelter, the police department, the fire department — some-where safe so it will not suffer and die like this precious young ferret did.

RIP angel; I’m so sorry for your prolonged suffering and your death.

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