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October 22, 2003

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An expecting coworker of some friends decided to use her pregnancy as an excuse to get rid of her cats. It's not unheard of - people might think it's too much work to take care of animals and a newborn, or maybe there's a fear of allergies, or that the animals might not adjust to having a new person around. And sure, pregnant women aren't supposed to handle the cat litter, but that's a problem that can be sorted out.

Decent people find new homes for their unwanted pets. If they can't do so personally, at least they take them to the pound, and hope that homes are found before the animals are euthanized.

This woman didn't want anyone else taking care of the cats. Perhaps she worried that there wasn't a good enough home for them. Instead, she had her baby daddy take the cats to the vet - to have them put to sleep! A woman who was there offered to take the cats, they were in fairly good health, there wasn't anything wrong with them, but he said he had sworn up and down to do this.

If you're going to needlessly kill your animals, you ought to have the guts to take them yourself. And if you're willing to dispose of living creatures so callously, then maybe you shouldn't be allowed to bring a child into this world either.

Yours, &c., LC | 08:51 AM | Slice o' Life | Comments (4) | TrackBack (0)

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I agree with you 100%... this is shocking. How could a vet agree to put down a healthy pet? Funnily enough, I was just chatting to a coworker at shift-change - we both agreed that reference-desk duties were beginning to lose their attractions after ten or twenty years - we were discussing ideal other careers. I said I would like to be a vet or a vet tech. But not if I had to deal with self-centered twerps who wanted me to kill Fluffy.

Robin

Posted by: Robin at October 22, 2003 09:46 AM

I don't know how it was justified, because I wondered about the vet too. Although sadly, perfectly good animals are put to sleep at many shelters if homes can't be found, because there's just no room for them.

Posted by: LadyCrumpet at October 22, 2003 10:50 AM

That's just disgusting.

Posted by: zeebah at October 22, 2003 12:27 PM

it is sick. sick sick sick. people suck! those kind at least.

Posted by: marco at October 22, 2003 10:00 PM