I can hardly see how anyone who read the story "A Life of Love for Greyhounds" {Maryland Weekly, Oct. 4} could not be moved to two of their most basic emotions, anger and joy.

After first completing the article, anger set in when I thought of how over time man has developed such disregard for a creature that is so intelligent, caring and beautiful. This particular animal has been devoted to our species for thousands of years, and man repays this devotion by using greyhounds for entertainment and profit, no matter the damage or suffering caused to the animals themselves. This is a very maddening thought -- one that is only surpassed by thoughts of the overbreeding of the animals, and the practice of killing off the ones that do not quite meet our requirements. How much lower can human decency sink?

Then comes the joy. This emotion is stirred by the knowledge that people such as Judy Leyse, who take it upon themselves to help an animal that can not help itself, are not alone in their efforts. And joy overcame anger when I later thought of the Columbia man and his love for his companion.

These emotions have different effects on us. Most of us have learned to control our anger, so we are not driven to action by it. But joy, most of the time, is a strong motivator. Maybe further anger and joy brought to us by articles such as this will cause more of us to act.

ROBIN L. RUSS Rockville