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Roadside dog sales: Right or wrong?Posted Thursday, February 4, 2010, at 10:11 AM
As warmer weather arrives, it's likely that people selling or giving away dogs and cats will arrive again at Walmart's parking lot.
Shelbyville City Council banned individuals from selling animals in public lots in 2008. That didn't seem to stop anyone last year.
Nashville banned roadside animal sales on Tuesday. Individuals can still do so at their homes, but not in parking lots.
I can see both sides of the issue. Parking lots provide more visibility than most homes do, and what real difference does "location" make? But some of those dogs, frankly, don't look like they're being treated well. And another thought to consider -- the humane groups will agree on this -- is that parking lot transactions don't ensure vaccinations and spay/neuter completion.
Here's another thought:
I've gotten the impression, right or wrong, that some humane group representatives don't want to let dogs be adopted which would be used as hunting dogs. They're concerned that the dogs would be bred and most of the litters abandoned. I see that as sort of a slam on hunters.
If hunting dogs aren't bred, eventually there will be no hunting dogs. Are some of these people actually simply anti-hunting?
And yet another thought:
I know of one Bedford County location where two large dogs are kept in a pen roughly the size of a jail cell, with no grass to speak of. Speaking as one who is for humane treatment of animals and against too much government regulation, should someone with dogs in such a situation be cited under animal abuse laws?
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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.
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