In response to “Woman says horse died due to humane officer's wrongdoing” (Journal, May 27), since as far back as the 1990s Rosemary Frieborn was a champion for abused, neglected and unwanted animals.
In 1998, 92 cats were confiscated from a hoarder who was later convicted of animal abuse. Rosemary Frieborn responded to this tragedy by establishing Placer Friends of Animals, a non-profit organization which took over the care and adoption of these cats.
Her organization saved the lives of most of the cats and spared the taxpayers from having to care for them.
For decades she ran “The Cat House” which went on to save the lives of thousands of cats which otherwise would have been destroyed (at taxpayer expense) at the Placer County shelter.
She championed the cause for improving Placer County Animal Shelter conditions and for the building of a new animal shelter to replace the outdated, dilapidated one.
She has also been the most consistently outspoken advocate against animal abuse, rattling many chains when local law enforcement failed time and again to enforce and prosecute animal neglect/abuse cases.
In this area, there is no one equal to her in Placer County. When she saw a problem with enforcement and prosecution of animal abuse cases, instead of just complaining, she took the course to become an officially certified humane officer. She met all of the legal requirements of this at her own expense.
Anyone who thinks that humane officers have too much power should take that up with the legislative arm of government; but don’t blame Rosemary, she didn’t create the system.
Overall, Rosemary Frieborn has a longtime, proven record of saving animals and speaking out on their behalf.
Until Rosemary’s Humane Society of the Sierra Foothills, Placer County’s response to animal abuse/neglect was pathetic! I think the public should check the record instead of jumping to conclusions.
What happened to the horse is sad. Judgment calls were made. In hindsight it’s always easy to spot the flaws, especially when things go wrong. But let’s not go overboard and throw the baby out with the bath-water, or we’ll go back to having little to no animal abuse/neglect enforcement again in Placer County.
Heather Ireland, Meadow Vista