I replied to a letter in the 'opinion' section that really got on my nerve a couple of days ago. I just got an email from the editor asking if they could run my letter in nexts weeks local paper. This was the original letter I replied too.
"I have just read the story on the dog owner Yuda Meitav.
This is rubbish. My dog, a thoroughbred collie, was put in the Cranbourne pound. It took me two days to get him home even though I had his papers and he has a microchip.
They still made me desex him and now we can't have a pup from him.
So whether he is a purebred or a mutt, it doesn't matter to them, not even if you have proof he is your dog. They will not release them until they are desexed. It isn't fair and I am thinking of suing them.
I don't agree with how the pound treats our animals. When I found my dog they wouldn't let me hug him ever though I was crying"
I replied with...
"In regard to Chris Attwell's letter 'treat animals better', it writes its not fair that dogs found in pounds are de-sexed before they return to their owners, despite the fact they may be purebred. I would like to ask if its fair that 200,000 puppies are put to sleep in shelters every year all over Australia, simply because they don't have a home? If your 'thoroughbred' collie is roaming the streets, able to freely impregnate any bitch it comes across, what becomes of those pups? Purebred or not? Even if they do all find forever homes then they are taking potential homes from already born and waiting puppies in shelters. Are you and your 'thoroughbred' collie registered members with the ANKC? Have you had your dog health and temperament tested? What are the dogs bloodlines like? And most importantly, is your dog the best possible representation of the breed? If you answered no to any of these, then thank God your dog was desexed.
All those considering breeding their family pet, please check out your local shelter/pound first, and ask yourself, why you honestly want to breed, and is it fair."
Im so excited!