I am writing in regard to an article the Auburn Journal published May 27 regarding Ms. Rosemary Frieborn and the Humane Society of the Sierra Foothills (“Woman says horse died due to humane officer's wrongdoing.”)
The article discussed the unfortunate account of a rescue horse who had died a week after being moved from a foster home. The foster person was now blaming Ms. Frieborn for the death of the horse.
I was astounded at the “rush to judgment” tone of your article. The foster care person, Alexis Reynolds, told Rosemary she did not have the financial means to care long-term for the two horses. She had a few “pledges” from people but pledges are not money in the bank and horses are very expensive animals to maintain properly.
Rosemary and Ms. Reynolds “spoke for quite a while and together decided the sanctuary would be better equipped to take care of them long-term.”
Ms. Reynolds contacted the trailer company (not Ms. Frieborn) and the veterinarian on site gave the OK for the short ride up to the Greenwood sanctuary.
The Journal then published an editorial (“Humane Society’s power needs to be in check,” Our View, June 10).
Your innuendoes and accusations were unwarranted. Ms. Frieborn is no flash in the pan; she is a professional with years of experience in animal rescue and fights always for what is right for the animal.
She has saved the lives of countless animals and wants nothing more than owner and pet to be together if it is at all feasible.
When an animal dies, there is always grief and sometimes a sense of “I should have” which may be what Ms. Reynolds is going through since the horse died in February and the story just came to light in late May.
If you want to suggest that steps need to be taken to voice a complaint in a situation, please work on that story. Please do not take down an agency that is only trying to do its best on a daily basis in the process.
We are lucky to have all the animal rescue organizations we do in Auburn. In Placer County, the need for humane investigations is always in need and the HSSF is a big help.
Kate Gamble, Auburn