Adopting a pet is a serious decision |

Adopting a pet is a serious decision

It never ceases to amaze me that most common-sense laws are misconstrued to be all about someone’s civil rights.

What about the rights and suffering of innocent animals at the hands of irresponsible pet owners? Also, for those “breeders” up in arms, how many of them actually claim any income and pay taxes? The practice remains essentially unlicensed, unregulated and does nothing but prolong the overabundance of shelter animals. Specialty breed rescue groups can tell you all about abandoned purebred dogs.

If you really want to cut down on the euthanasia rate, stop allowing people to give away puppies and kittens in front of Kmart. A month ago, I was disgusted to see an approximately 14-year-old child (with no accompanying parent) giving away eight pit/lab mix puppies to anyone who wandered by. If a person can’t afford a $50 to $70 adoption fee, they will most likely never have these same puppies licensed, spayed/neutered, heart-wormed, vaccinated, etc.

Adopting an animal should be a seriously considered decision, not one made by whim or impulse.

Laura Gross

Nevada City

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