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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

Category: Pets
September 10, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Cougars and pit bulls: How should we handle dangerous animals?

A cougar removed while dangerous pit bulls are ignored Did any one else see the dichotomy of these situations: A cougar living in its natural habitat, which happens to be near an urban area is hunted down, captured and moved to a more remote area because of the potential of the danger its presence presents [“Discovery…

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June 25, 2009 at 2:56 PM

Breed bans

The numbers don’t lie: ban aggressive breeds In regard to the guest column in The Times [“Breed bans won’t solve problem of ‘dangerous dogs,’ ” Opinion, June 23] that banning specific breeds would not be useful, 75 percent of injuries and deaths from dog attacks are due to three breeds –pit bulls, Rottweiler and Presa. Also, of…

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April 23, 2009 at 4:30 PM

Supreme Court debates dogfights

Why not ban fighting breeds? The article “Dogfight videos to get day in top court” [News, April 21] raised some interesting questions about the limits of governmental control in free-speech issues. Quite rightly, the appeals court has decided that banning videos of dogfighting is against the First Amendment. What seems odd to me is that Congress chose…

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February 18, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Puppy mills and puppy bills

Quality treatment over quantity Daniel Paul’s guest column [“Stop cruel exploitation of man’s best friend,” Times, Feb. 11] failed to mention a couple of key facts. First, Senate Bill 5651 would give animal-control officers the right to enter your property without a warrant. Just cause and due process would go out the window. Second, the number of dogs…

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February 15, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Pit-bull attack

Time to pay up To the Metropolitan King County Council and anyone resisting a ban on dangerous dogs, let pit bull owners keep their dogs, but have them pay their way [“Guilty plea in pit-bull attack,”Local News, Feb. 11]. Here is the math for King County in 2008: at least seven pit bull versus human attacks. In…

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February 12, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Puppy mills

Abandoning tiny, filthy cages Many people are rightfully outraged by the deplorable conditions roughly 550 dogs endured in a Gold Bar puppy mill, but I urge readers to turn their anger into action [“Couple charged with animal cruelty,” Local News, Feb. 5]. Each of us can help put cruel puppy mills like this one out of…

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February 12, 2009 at 6:00 AM

“Dubs”

In keeping with classless society I was terribly pleased to read of the University of Washington s decision to forgo the haughty, regal names of the mascots of yesteryear and, instead, select a more egalitarian moniker for their new malamute: Dubs [“Dubs is the name,” Husky Football Blog, Feb. 10]. The selection of this trailer park, chic…

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February 5, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Cats in the library

Licking wherever and whenever I don’t have anything against cats but feel ill at the thought of them crawling over books, rubbing their behinds on the bindings and licking wherever and whatever [“Purr-fect for the library,” Local News, Feb. 3]. I find respite in going to a library, and I don’t want to be subjected to cat…

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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,…

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