Animal Encounters or the Romantic Kind - Who Was In the Wrong?
A little while ago a neighbour was complaining that several days in a row, a certain male dog was breaking loose from its owner and camping out on her porch step. It turns out that she has an intact female in her house, and her dog was in heat. Keeping this male off her property would mean putting up additional barriers, as he was getting over her existing fence. She feels the owners of the male dog ought to either get him neutered or do a better job of restraining him. But when she was asked why her female hadn't been spayed, she had no answer to give. Should all pet owners be expected to spay or neuter their pets unless they are used for breeding? Should my neighbour just have her bitch spayed, to avoid the whole problem? | FOPP | Dogs | Responsible-Pet-Ownership |
Since the bitch in heat will likely attract many other males, her owner should have her spayed. Telling the owner of the male dog to neuter him will not prevent other incidents with different dogs.
The owner of the troublesome male should have him neutered and do a better job of controlling him. This dog is the cause of the problem, and his owners need to take responsibility for him.
Both dog owners should have their animals spayed or neutered. This is just something responsible dog owners do.
The woman should call the pound and have the wandering male picked up. Maybe the fines will encourage his owners to take better care of him.
The woman should build a better fence, to keep out troublesome animals. This way she can leave her female intact, and not worry about unwelcome visits from naughty boy dogs....
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