January 28

People should not keep pets if they cannot care for them

LETTER

It is no secret to anyone that I do not like dogs. I like animals, but having a dog, to me, is like having a child that never leaves the crib. It is a constant babysitting adventure that, like the word constant implies, never ends.

Even though I would not own a dog, I would never allow an animal to be abused.

I believe people should not keep pets if they cannot care for them. If a person’s pet has to suffer for people to keep themselves fed, warm or safe, they should ask for help. A pet relies on its master’s unconditional love for them to survive. After all, they cannot speak about what ails them. They trust their master to know.

I also offer a piece of advice: If a pet is out of sight, its owner should listen for traffic before calling for the pet. If a vehicle is coming, the owner should never call for their pet. The animal trusts its owner’s voice and will run to them. I have experienced this twice and hope to avoid it again.

Owners who keep a pet for their own sake may not be what is best for their friend. A person who admits he or she can’t afford the pet may save a life — the pet’s and a driver’s.

Ed MorrisBenton
Were you interviewed for this story? If so, please fill out our accuracy form

Send question/comment to the editors




Further Discussion

Here at KJonline.com we value our readers and are committed to growing our community by encouraging you to add to the discussion. To ensure conscientious dialogue we have implemented a strict no-bullying policy. To participate, you must follow our Terms of Use.

Questions about the article? Add them below and we’ll try to answer them or do a follow-up post as soon as we can. Technical problems? Email them to us with an exact description of the problem. Make sure to include:
  • Type of computer or mobile device your are using
  • Exact operating system and browser you are viewing the site on (TIP: You can easily determine your operating system here.)