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Old September 4th 03, 08:09 PM
Scott T. Jensen
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Default Questions about unwanted dogs

1) What happens to the dogs after they've been killed by the pound?

2) What is currently being done to reduce dogs from being abandoned by their

I just watched a documentary about dogs and part of it was on the sad fact
that an eighth of all of them are abandoned by their masters and/or dropped
off at dog pounds. The documentary was made in 1985 and said that over 70%
of dogs dropped off at humane societies end up being killed at those places.
A very depressing fact.

The documentary also said that two major contributing factors to the above

1) Dogs are bought as puppies and owners are unaware of what the puppy will
eventually grow into.

2) Puppies are bought as impulse items and gifts. Those given as gifts
might not be wanted by the recipients.

Just tossing an idea out here, but what if dogs were sold like guns? There
being a five-day waiting period between placing a purchase of the puppy and
making the actual purchase. Also during this time, a criminal background
check could be done to insure the puppy isn't turned over to a convicted pet
abuser or chronic pet abandoner (i.e., ones that only like puppies, get rid
of them when they become adults, and get another puppy). How about also
requiring them to somehow go and see in person the adult version of the
puppy they're about to buy so the purchase is a more informed purchase?

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