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Don’t fall into trap of ‘designer-type’ puppies


Dear Editor,

I saw something the other night that just made my blood boil. A flyer was posted in a local restaurant listing puppies for sale. These were German shepherd and malamute mix dogs and they were asking $300 each. I am astounded that anyone would pay that kind of money for a mixed-breed mutt, while thousands of unwanted healthy animals are sitting in shelters or are euthanized because nobody wants them.

It seems everyone is breeding their dogs in hopes of making a quick buck, and I'm sorry to see the numbers of uninformed people who spend hundreds of dollars on "designer mutts," simply to have a dog with a catchy name like 'Schnoodle' or 'Labradoodle.' C'mon, people!! These are animals that a few years ago were freebies, given away by irresponsible pet owners who hadn't gotten their pets spayed or neutered and were contributing to the glut of unwanted pets. Signs for shi tsu, German shepherd, poodle, pit bull and every known breed of dog are in front of people's homes on every road I travel. Years ago reputable breeders raised their puppies for love of the breed, and we were all educated as to the parent animals' lineage, temperament and conformation. Today all you need is an AKC registration paper and voila, you're a breeder! And everyone's doing it! These are just backyard puppy mills. This is unconscionable!

Shelters and rescue groups are overloaded with wonderful, yet unwanted animals. Please, people, if you are looking for a new pet check the shelters or go online to petfinders.com and search through the thousands of animals available for adoption. You can click on the breed you want and search by age, sex and temperament. Do not support the rampant breeding of animals, dog or cat. And if you have pets, get them spayed or neutered. These are living, breathing, sentient creatures—not cash cows!

Evelyn McReady, Dryden
September 10, 2008

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