To the editors:
I must admit that your article in this week's paper about the "Dead Pets Department" [Our Town, July 7] was amazing to see in print because of the fact that I never hear or see anything on the topic. I see at least six dead animals sprawled in the middle of a Chicago area street weekly. The sight of the body not only makes me sick to my stomach because it is practically on display, but it makes me think, how sad to see this poor defenseless animal killed by some reckless driver. Imagine if human beings were treated like that! Animals are treated so cruelly already, I admire people such as Don Smith who have enough courage to go out each day and pick up pancaked canines, felines, etc . . . that were killed for no apparent reason. The service that he provides is one that is definitely necessary because there is no other way. My letter is not against Mr. Smith, but it is about little beings that need maybe an inch more of respect or two instead of one day finding your favorite "SPOT" dead in the street with cars passing over "SPOT." Thank you for printing the article. I think it will help people understand more about what happens in the Streets of Sanitation departments.