To the editor of THE EAGLE:

In response to the "Lover-boy dog" op-ed column in the Sunday, June 1 Eagle, I have to wonder if the writer is aware of the thousands of unwanted dogs that are euthanized daily, right here in the United States? They are the result of someone finding it "cute and funny" when their un-neutered animal runs loose and causes litter after litter of throw away puppies to be born.

Any individual who has ever worked with a Humane Society or Animal Shelter is painfully aware of the animal overpopulation problem caused by irresponsible pet owners. Neutering a male dog gives the animal a peaceful life, no danger of being hit by a car, being attacked by other equally loose dogs while pursuing some unfortunate female, and much better health! Spaying a female dog gives that animal the peace of not being bothered by hordes of un-neutered males twice a year and possibly giving birth twice a year to as many an 9 or 10 puppies, depleting her body's reserves and significantly shortening her life span.

Most of the unwanted puppies will find their way, if they are lucky, to a dog pound or humane society shelter where they will be neutered, and if they are very lucky will be responsibly adopted.


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If they are not lucky they will be given -- and who hasn't seen someone with a box of puppies or kittens in a parking lot -- to anyone who seems willing to take them without regard to their future, just to get rid of them.

People who have never owned an animal do not realize that it is a commitment of many years of a not inconsiderable amount of work and financial responsibility. So that cute puppy or kitten grows up and is no longer so cute, needs housebreaking, training, feeding, veterinary care, etc. and is no longer wanted. Many are then thrown out of cars and abandoned, or mistreated in all sorts of ways. Just listening to the daily news gives some idea of what happens to these unfortunate animals.

For more information call or visit our wonderful local shelters, Berkshire Humane Society and Sonsini Animal Shelter, and you will be given a wealth of information on responsible pet ownership and even financial help in having your animal neutered or spayed. Be a responsible pet owner for the animal with which you have chosen to share your life.

EDITH MINGALONE

Pittsfield