November 29, 2021

Rural Issues: All bark and no bite

Several years ago, a family member living in the city purchased a husky puppy from a reputable breeder. It was a beautiful dog and adored its new owner, and its new owner adored his puppy.

My cousin invested in all the right food, bedding, collar, leashes, toys, grooming tools and veterinarian care. He spent a lot of time outside with his new pet walking, running and playing in the park.

They were great pals until my cousin had to leave to go to work, or anywhere for that matter, without the dog. The dog would howl and tear anything within its reach to shreds.

My cousin spent countless hours and made a significant financial investment in puppy training. Sadly, it didn’t work.

This beautiful, well cared for and loved puppy wasn’t meant to live in a nice apartment in the city. My cousin did the right and kind thing by giving his pet to someone whose home was better suited for the dog.

I wonder how many animal rights activists live in little apartments in big cities where their big dogs are trapped inside for hours at a time.

Animal rights groups push for legislation to force kennel owners in rural areas of this country to give dogs constant and unfettered access indoors and outdoors.

I don’t believe for one minute that all those tiny apartments in New York, Boston, Atlanta, or Los Angeles have doggy doors that allow the animal freedom to come and go as it pleases.

Animal rights groups push and pay for regulations requiring breeders to keep dogs in enclosures that accommodate the animals’ size. Why then is a tiny room in a tiny apartment in Chicago enough for the dogs and cats owned by the activists? Should different rules apply for those who have been raising animals for generations?

In rural areas of this country, kennel owners must clean their dog pens every day. I’m curious how many of these animal rights activists are home long enough to clean their dog crates every day.

Furthermore, I personally think that is just a silly regulation. The pens should be cleaned when they need to be cleaned. The kennel owner has the knowledge and the experience to know when it is time to clean the kennel.

An unknowing population in the metropolitan areas of this country and some in our rural communities have been brainwashed to take a stand against common sense and practical experience in raising, housing and caring for animals.

I’m curious if those animal rights activists who live in little apartments in big cities where their big dogs are trapped inside for hours at a time took the welfare of their pets into consideration when picking out the Great Dane or German shepherd at the shelter.

I believe there should be no limit set on the number of animals owned by an individual. If a person owns one dog or 150 dogs and is caring for them properly, we should let him be. If a person owns one dog or 150 dogs and is mistreating them, there have been laws in place for years in most states to deal with that bad actor.

When caring for a dog, cat, pig, or cow — just do the right thing, every day.

Cyndi Young-Puyear

Cyndi Young-Puyear

Cyndi Young-Puyear is farm director and operations manager for Brownfield Network.