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by LETTER TO THE EDITOR
| Wednesday, November 26, 2014 9:00 p.m.

It seems lately, every time I watch the news or open the newspaper, I am reading about animal abuse.

One woman starved her dog almost to death and then put him in a garbage can and, most recently, a man claimed he couldn’t afford to feed his dog, so he planned to shoot it but instead abandoned it in the woods. The dog was found by a hunter, who notified authorities, and that dog, too, was near death from malnutrition.

I’m sure a lot of people would agree with me that just punishment for these people would be to have done to them what they did to these poor, helpless creatures.

Anyone accused of animal abuse should be forced to undergo psychiatric evaluation. We need stricter laws when it comes to this type of criminal behavior.

Dogs, cats and even farm animals all have the capacity to feel the same emotions humans do. They deserve to be treated with dignity and respect.

Some give pets as gifts. Before you do this, please make sure the recipient wants to take on the huge responsibility of pet ownership and, more importantly, is capable of it, mentally and financially. The last thing we need to read about is yet another case of animal abuse.

Amy Baker

New Kensington

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