But, what do you know? The good Senator had the heart to reply to an email sent to his office by a fellow animal lover. Here it is:
“The following statement has been released to the media.
“Growing up on the family farm, I developed a love and respect for animals at a very young age that has stayed with me throughout my life. As a result I have adopted four dogs during my life, all of whom have been attended to and provided for with the utmost care. My German Shepherd was given to the local shelter for her own safety, with the knowledge that I would reclaim her if no one else did. Any suggestion to the contrary is a complete and utter falsehood.”
Senate District 30″
Absolutely, Kent. Who do they think they are? A Senator and a self-proclaimed animal lover like you surely knows that one can't reclaim any dog surrendered to a shelter. And, giving up a dog to a high-kill shelter for its own safety is perfectlly understandable, Sir. It's like throwing a child to a python and insisting that it will be safe there. But, let's pretend I didn't say that. I believe that you are a greatly misunderstood man.
Oh, by the way...
Here's a comment on the web, spotted by our eagle-eyed friend Deanna from For the Love of the Dog, that says more about the good Senator; she found the comment on Fitsnews:
" 24. AngieLuvsAnimals - April 3, 2008
I assure you this is all true. I called the office myself and confirmed it before it got on the internet. The info is public. Kent williams address was on the surrender form that is placed on a clip board on the caged cell of death. I know I worked there almost two years. My name is Angie. I used to work at the shelter. When I worked at the shlter, Kent Williams came in and aasked me to look for a smart lab. A few weeks alter a beautiful black lab came into the shelter. She was a great fence climber, so I could not keep this dog inside. I called Kent Williams and told him about the dog. He said he had to have her and he then adopted without paying an adoption fee for her. He did have her taken to the vet by his right hand man, best friend , animal control officer buddy Donald Fling. He did have that one spayed at least. Kent knew she had heart worms and Kent promised me there was no way she could escape his fence. The dog kept getting out and he or Donald Fling would call me to tell me to go get the dog. Donald Fling was the animal control officer not me, but I went and got the dog anyway in personal vehicle. Finally after Kent had not came back for the dog I gave him a call and asked if he was coming back for the blkack lab, he said he did not care for or have time for that dog to put her to sleep or what ever, he did not have time to deal with her anymore. I then called the vet to find out what had been done with her so I could find rescue for her. I then found out from the vet that she had tested positive for heartworms and Kent had never brought her back for her heart worm treatment. I called Kent back and told him about the heart worms and he said the dog is not his problem and do not bother him with it again. So some great kids in the county raised over $300 for her heart worm treatment and we found a great rescue for her. So, you see this lack of interest for animal life is not an iscolated case. This is the way Kent is. Why have an animal if you could care less about them. "