Sununu does right by animals

To the Editor: In 2017, Governor Chris Sununu saved a bear and her cubs from being euthanized after they entered a home in Hanover. Now, three years later, he has saved a fox from being euthanized and tested by Massachusetts officials.

Frankie the fox was domesticated by a family in Massachusetts but was let loose into the wild after they learned it was illegal to keep a wild animal as pet. By that time, the damage had already been done — the fox was domesticated, couldn’t fend for itself and would routinely cry to be let into their home. Thereafter, the fox was brought to New Hampshire and was taken to a wildlife rehabilitation center in Windham. Massachusetts officials requested that the fox be returned to be euthanized and tested, prompting wildlife activists to, once again, find a friend in Governor Chris Sununu.

Once the Governor’s Office heard about Frankie, the Governor said New Hampshire would not be returning the fox to Massachusetts. Governor Sununu made it clear that Frankie would not be put down as long as there isn’t a legitimate reason to do so.

As an animal lover, I am wholeheartedly impressed with Governor Sununu’s leadership on protecting animals in the Granite State. I understand the need to test animals if there is a sign they are ill or have rabies. However, Frankie was just a fox that, through no fault of its own, was domesticated and couldn’t adequately support itself in the wild. I am glad Governor Sununu is an ally on this issue.



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