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Before the happy ending

Dear Editor:

The Glenwood Springs Post Independent front-page article on the dozen dogs rescued and taken to Colorado Animal Rescue has a warm and fuzzy ending – or new beginning, you may say – for the lucky pups and mom. Thankfully these animals were found before freezing or starving to death and now have a chance to find a loving home. This story is a great front-page article, having all the “gotcha” items … tragedy, near disaster, happy ending, cute puppies … you get the picture.

Let’s not overlook the “rest of the story,” which, unfortunately, is an everyday occurrence. An abandoned dog that was not spayed has an unwanted litter. This should be a wake-up call to every animal owner who refuses to spay/neuter their pet. It takes only a few minutes off leash or out of an owner’s sight for an intact animal to create this situation – it may have been your dog who fathered this litter and you would not even know it.

Be a responsible pet owner – spay or neuter your animal. If you need public assistance in doing so, please reach out to C.A.R.E. or your local veterinarian. There are funds to assist with spay/neuter to help control the overpopulation of unwanted animals. It is estimated that 3.7 million animals were euthanized in 2008 (generally accepted statistic used by ASPCA). Or, let me put that another way: 3,700,000 unwanted animals destroyed in the U.S. every year.

Do the right thing, the humane thing … spay or neuter your pet.

Constance Baker

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