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A Piece of My Mind by Kelly Rupp, Publisher
Saturday, 07.17.2010, 07:23pm (GMT-5)

Yesterday my daughter found a chihuahua running down the middle of Main Street in front of my office. She went out and called it and the little guy came right up and practically jumped up into her arms. He is one of the best behaved dogs I’ve ever seen and I’m just shocked that he’s out running loose.

I called City Hall to see if anyone had reported him missing. The answer was no.

Lately, I have seen an alarming number of dogs running loose on Main Street and on Highway 81.

The one that really breaks my heart is a female fullblooded basset hound who obviously has recently had a litter of puppies. She seems really lost, frightened and disoriented, but she won’t come to me. I can’t help her if I can’t catch her.

I’m an animal lover and it makes me a nervous wreck to see these poor dogs just running loose. I know it’s just a matter of time until they get hit by a car or hauled off to El Reno to the animal shelter. Once they get there they are pretty much doomed to be euthanized.

I don’t know whether people are just letting their dogs run loose or if these poor animals have been dumped. Either way, the outcome isn’t good.

When I was growing up, it seemed like every town had a humane society. Animals were held until they could be adopted and only the truly ill or dangerous animals were euthanized. Now finding a no kill shelter is nearly impossible. I find that really sad. I also think it explains why so many dogs get dumped here.

City people have a romanticized view of small-town life. I think they honestly believe that their abandoned pets will find loving homes here. They are quite wrong, of course.

A pet is a long-term commitment— one not to be taken lightly. Pets can live a long time and they require a financial commitment. People don’t seem to be thinking about that when they bring home that cute little ball of fluff.

I know I’ve written about this issue before, but I just can’t say it often enough: be responsible pet owners, please.

If you are going to have a dog, you need to have a yard with a good fence and your dogs need to stay in your yard. You also need to have your dog spayed or neutered. Fixed animals tend to stay in the yard better.

Finally, if you do have a dog, it can get out of the yard by accident. Please put a collar with an identification tag on your dog so that if someone finds it they can return it to you.

So what about that little chihuahua we found? Allie took it home for the night, we posted signs, and she put his picture and an announcement on Facebook.

Kelly Savage saw the Facebook picture, recognized the dog and contacted the owner. The little guy found a hole in the fence and went on walkabout.

He’s going home. I love happy endings!


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