It's a Dog's Life
Stephanie "Foster Mom" O'Brien

Cruelty or Lack of Education?

Posted Sunday, December 15, 2013, at 6:34 PM
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  • I am surrounded by neighbors with dogs that are kept in outdoor runs. It deeply saddens me to see this day after day. One of the dogs sits and cries while it watches its owner take the indoor dog for daily walks. I have never witnessed the caged dog taken for a walk.

    People do need to realize that dogs aren't "fine" in extreme high or low temperatures. You are right, many people do not wish to confront the owners directly, offering that they can use this blog as a means to initiate communication is excellent.

    As for the ad about the dogs for sale...since those people make a few bucks at the expense of their dogs and the expense of the lives of other dogs lost as a result, it will continue indefinitely. Until people educate themselves and realize that animals in shelters or rescues are not "damaged" or "broken" but were simply failed by humans, it will continue.

    "Been outside since birth" at only 6 weeks old is very saddening as well. Iowa winters are far too harsh for a newborn puppy to be exposed to the elements.

    "Can go anytime" - again, wrong. If commercial breeders are required to not sell a puppy or kitten until they are 8 weeks old, it *should* be common sense that is not acceptable.

    -- Posted by simonsays77 on Mon, Dec 16, 2013, at 10:43 AM
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