Clueless drivers terrified runaway farm animals
To the editor:
We have a small farm on American Legion Highway with lots of animals including a horse and donkey. Last week, due to all the snow, they managed to get out of their pasture and made their way onto Route 177.
I was at work and my pregnant wife with our four children was at home. My wife had to chase our horse and donkey on foot for about a mile to Ace Hardware, while I raced home from work to help.
There was a few people who tried to help and she was very appreciative for that. But unfortunately there was a much larger and more vocal number of drivers who were not helpful at all. Here my wife is, in the middle of winter, running down the street, obviously pregnant, and dozens of cars raced inches next to her and the frightened animals, honking their horns and swearing at her! This caused the animals to spook further and run faster and endanger their lives and the lives of the drivers.
I can't imagine what kind of people would do that — it's sad and frustrating. Where has people's decency and compassion gone? We live in a so-called farming town but you couldn't tell by peoples reactions.
Eventually, Westport's animal control officer. Donna Lambert, did come and was very helpful.