Tuesday 13 November 2018

Dogs lives are not a commodity


I refer to the spate of pedigree dog robberies from private houses over the last week. Three German Shepherd unweaned pups were stolen in Co Louth and a King Charles in Malahide, and none of these was recovered. While the supposed carers of these unfortunate dogs offer rewards and quote upset children, they must acknowlege the wider picture here.

These dogs are being stolen because a monetary value has been placed on their heads. Pedigree dogs are bred to make a profit. Their owners are contributing to animal suffering and death in three ways:

1. 18,000 dogs were killed in Irish pounds last year because they were not wanted. Many people chose to buy dogs which aer in fashion or of a certain breed. This creates fewer homes for those needing rescue.

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