Press service of Teresa Chagrin Tribune
The unfortunate addition of two more dog breeds by the American Kennel Club (AKC) is reported as lightly as if it were an announcement for a new car or smartphone. But dogs are not fashionable objects. They are living, sentient beings – and the increased demand for ‘pure breeds’ is having dire consequences for dogs.
Many people who think they need the latest breed acquire dogs on a whim, only to then abandon or neglect them when they discover they bark, molt, need to walk, mess up and require care. daily care and attention, as all dogs do.
PETA field workers routinely encounter dogs, including purebred dogs, that have been obtained without much, if any, thought about the care and commitment they need. Many have been banished to a lonely, miserable existence in a crate, on a chain or in a garden paddock – where they have no choice but to eat, sleep and relieve themselves on the same tiny patch of land , day after day, through all extreme weather conditions.
When they found Murphy, he barely looked like a dog. Trapped inside a filthy wire cage in a dark hallway, he had been neglected for so long that his small 7-pound frame was engulfed in 2 pounds of very matted fur covered in trash. Winnie, a 15-pound Lhasa apso, was kept in a filthy outdoor enclosure and, like Murphy, was also covered in tight, sore rugs. PETA managed to get Murphy and Winnie surrendered, cared for, and adopted into homes where they are now treated with love and respect. But not all dogs are so lucky.