By Marie Zellmer
September 21, 2012
My own wonderful, although challenging, dogs were accidental because of the lack of care their mother received by its original owner, who did not keep the mother in season properly contained.
I am always upset when I see dogs wandering the streets at night, and I know that anyone who lets their dog out after five o'clock will never have to worry about it getting picked up. In fact you can let your dog wander the streets up until ten in the morning and not worry about it.
The issue is, those dogs wandering free have become a bane and irritation to responsible pet owners. Especially when they band together to hunt other animals (which is what killed one of my own cats).
The true challenge is not to get angry with people who don't contain their animals, allowing them to get pregnant, it is with our own personal choices. The best option is that animals should be picked up by the shelter at any time, day or night, and that all owners keep their pets under constant control. But this can only happen if people take real responsibility for their animals, and if the "shelter" steps up to the job they need to do.
About: "Local Ketchikanite, and pet lover, and trainer, who has responsibly had animals all my life."
Received September 20, 2012 - Published September 21, 2012
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