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Published: Thursday, March 13 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Thid Barker
Victor, ID

Since poor people own pets too, shouldn't there be a government program to pay for poor people's pets?

Saint George, UT

Thid Barker . . .

Funny joke.

Seriously, what is the deal with poor people and animals? Is it the idea that "I've got nothing but at least I have Ol' Bowser!"
It's all about money management and what parents teach (or don't teach). I once heard a poor lady down the street say she just picked her pet up from a surgical procedure, while wearing grubby, oversized, and stained clothing. The animal . . . surgery.

Wants and needs people. Wants and needs.

If you can afford animals, go right on ahead. If you require government assistance, ditch the animals (and all other non-essentials not required for physical sustenance - aka wants). I know you can forge emotional relationships with other homo sapiens. I know you can do it.

It is unconscionable that poverty stricken families choose to go without some things so that ol' Rover can have a tennis ball, a bone, and a bag of food. It's irrational, irresponsible, and unwise.

Animals are not family members, they are property.

george of the jungle
goshen, UT

As crazy as it seems to keep a pet how crazy would they be with out them.

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