New Mexico's Pet Resource WINTER 2008


LETTERS TO THE EDITOR


Dear PETroglyphs:  

I would like to send a friendly reminder to everyone about how vital it is to neuter or spay your dogs and cats.

We have a new addition to our little family. We've named him Lucky since he was lucky we got him and not someone who would abuse him further. Lucky is a Chihuahua/Schnauzer cross. My husband brought him home as an early birthday present for me. He hoped that once I saw the puppy I would want to care for him and nurse him into a healthy dog.

Lucky was sold to someone who was re-selling dogs. This man bought Lucky, along with his sister and a miniature Chihuahua, from someone who ran a puppy mill. The man asked my husband if he wanted to buy one of the dogs.

When my husband was there, this man’s three children were running around and playing too roughly with the dogs. My husband said he wouldn’t buy one because they looked too skinny and were a mess. So the man asked my husband if he wanted to take one?

“Take the one over there with her eye hanging out,” he said. I’m not kidding about this! She’d been hit by a car and her eye was out of the socket. My husband said, “No! You need to take that one to the pound and have her eye fixed or have her put down.”

My husband took the other one. So now we have Lucky. When my husband brought Lucky home, his ribs were showing. His body below his ribs was sunken in. He could barely walk because his hind end wobbled so much. He could hardly hold his head up. Within four days Lucky had perked up. He put on weight and was holding his head up. He was eating well, walking better and had turned into a very happy puppy.

Please, people, please get your dog or cat spayed or neutered. If you can't afford it call the local shelters and tell them. Call the city or go online to the city animal shelter site. They have links to places you can take your animal for special low cost or free clinics. Do something! But don't let your animals end up like these animals did. It's not fair and it’s not what God wants. God gave us the animals of the earth for us to tend to them. If we can't take care of our animals how can we take care of each other?

 

Marilee Garcia
Albuquerque, NM


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