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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

February 1, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Puppy siege

Too many dogs, too few homes

“Responsible breeder” is an oxymoron [“600 rescued dogs — and 80% are pregnant,” page one, Jan. 24]. I would go a step farther: A dog-loving breeder is an oxymoron too.

In a country where millions of unwanted dogs are abandoned to die slow deaths or be euthanized in shelters each year, it cannot be “responsible” to create even one more dog. It makes no difference what breed they are, what they look like or what characteristics they have. Purebred or mixed breed, they are all capable of love, so unconditional that humans cannot hope to emulate it, and they all desperately want to live.

It’s a matter of numbers: too many dogs, too few homes. Every person who goes to a breeder or a pet store for a dog is someone who could have saved a shelter dog, just as wonderful.

In a situation as dire as pet overpopulation in the U.S., no honest dog lover can, in good conscience, choose a dog whose existence causes the death of another who simply looks different.

— Franziska Edwards, Seattle

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