Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

August 19, 2013

Thanks to officer for enforcing code

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

— This is in response to a letter to the editor

regarding Randall Thompson (animal

control officer for the city of Bluefield),

who single-handedly polices our town’s overpopulation

of animals. Officer Thompson is

dispatched by the police in response to citizens’

complaints. This officer is one person

serving Bluefield. I wonder what would happen

if we had but one police officer?

Officer Thompson has been scratched and

bitten — recently bitten severely enough to

warrant a three-day stay in a hospital after

being attacked by a dog. These are dangerous

conditions to endure in order to serve the public.

Is there a reader out there who would take

on this thankless job?

I want to take this opportunity to thank

Officer Thompson and the city board for

enforcing the city code regarding animals. For

those citizens unfamiliar with the city code, I

refer you to Article 1, Sec. 3-3 through 3-11,

and Article 2, Sec 3-20 through 3-50.

Terry G. Lampert