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Advocate editorial board opinion: If you own a pet, take care of it

By the Advocate Editorial Board
Oct. 12, 2011 at 5:12 a.m.


The notion of having a pet is at first a great thought. We love our pets.

But many of us who have pets don't realize the full responsibility of owning a pet.

We have to feed, exercise and spend time with pets so the pet becomes a normal, social animal. And we have to be caretaker of their health. All of these requirements mean time out of our busy schedules. If you don't think you have the time, then we strongly advise that you give up the thought of owning a pet or give up the pet that is not getting the attention it needs.

In the case of the 7-year-old who was bitten by a dog in Calhoun County this week, we think the dog should have been vaccinated. The fact the dog was not vaccinated shows a lack of responsibility to the dog and to any who fall victim to the dog's bite.

Ownership of a pet comes with a huge obligation. Not only should pets be vaccinated, but they should be spayed and neutered if that is needed. Neutering helps calm aggressive male dogs.

Also, chaining a dog is not a good idea. Why? Chained dogs tend to become more combative.

According to dogbitelaw.com, "It now is well established that chaining a dog is cruel to the dog and creates danger to people because dogs normally become more aggressive when chained. 'Chaining' means tying up the dog to an object such as a tree, a stake, a parking meter, etc."

Again, we urge pet owners to perform the duties they contracted for when they assumed ownership of a pet. Having a pet is a huge responsibility.

This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.

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