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April 26, 2014

Maleah Stringer: Saga of irresponsible pet owners continues

A young man and his mother came to the Animal Protection League last week. They had an adorable four-month-old Dachshund mix on a leash. They explained that they loved him so much but they couldn't keep him. We had to find him a good home.

As the story progressed the young man said he was moving. They kept telling me how they hated to give him up, that he would be so scared of being in the shelter. He was afraid of everything. I then asked if they had signed the lease yet and if not, there are places willing to take pets. The mother said no, the young man said yes, and stormed out the door to stand outside with the dog. I followed him out.

He was calling me some names that were a bit unpleasant. I asked him to repeat himself in that I hadn't heard him quite clearly. He did and went on to ask why I was making him feel bad for turning in a dog. He said he couldn't afford to lose a $1,500 deposit. I didn't have much to say to that. I simply picked up his dog and walked away.

In my head the little voice I try not to let speak in public was asking, 'If you are able to afford a $1,500 deposit on a rental, why can't you afford to find a place that will allow you to have your dog instead of subjecting him to shelter life?'

The mom told me that she watched him being born; and that they had to give up the mom as well.

Another woman came in and wanted us to take her nine six-week-old kittens. She assured us that they would be adopted quickly because they are so cute. They are adorable, but we have about 50 other adorable kittens.

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