I have tried not to write regarding Padi and his dilemma, but the Aug. 14 letter from Ms. Lois Vancavage is truly distorted ("In Padi case, veterinarian deserves some blame, too").
You infer that no one cares about the child. Not so! The parents have chosen not to release pictures of the child. Their right.
They have also said they wanted Padi returned to his owners. Guess they can grasp the entire picture.
A child must be taught respect to all animals. That is an ongoing process. If a 4-year-old child is allowed to run freely through a medical office, then spills a container and needles go on the floor, child gets stuck with a dirty needle, guess it is the doctor's fault. No, it would be the caretaker of the child.
This was an accident. Why must there be blame when all parties involved want this resolved with Padi going home with his owners?
You now want to blame the veterinarian, who treats animals and has one in his clinic. Have you never been in a veterinarian's office?
Most have animals in their offices. So do medical doctors. The dog was provoked and he reacted, as would any person or animal. Not from too much stimulation but from fear!
You say you have pets; if so, you of all people should understand how much provocation an animal can manage, not over stimulation but aggravation. Big difference!
Does Padi deserve a second chance? Absolutely. Do the owners of Padi deserve to have the dog home? Absolutely.
Let's save Padi and his owners, fix the child's injury and stop the blame game. This was an accident that probably could have been avoided; however, it wasn't. Accidents happen every day.
Save Padi and his owners. It's the right thing to do. Let Padi go home!