Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Pet Owners Shouldn't Allow Animals to Roam

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Pet Owners Shouldn't Allow Animals to Roam

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Dear Abby: I feel compelled to write regarding the letter from "Zelda D., Hesperia, Calif.," who wrote concerning the death of her cat Princess, who had been killed by an unchained, unfenced dog from the neighborhood.

I have a question for Zelda: Where was her cat when that dog killed her? Obviously, Princess was outdoors - roaming free - neither fenced nor leashed.

Abby, I have owned both cats and dogs all my life, and at no time were any of them allowed out of my house - or yard. A cat will not stay yard-bound. It is therefore obvious to me that a cat should be considered a house pet only.

I sympathize with the death of a pet. I hope when Zelda meets Princess crossing that famous "Rainbow Bridge," her pet confronts her with the death caused by her negligence. PEGGY IN PORTLAND

You cite a point that I failed to consider concerning Zelda's cat, who was apparently in her ninth life when she was killed by a dog roaming the neighborhood freely. Read on:

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Dear Abby: In response to "Zelda D.'s" letter regarding the loss of her cat, I express sympathy to her in the loss of her pet.

However, I must ask, Where was your cat to experience such a demise? Was she in your home where she should be? Or was she out loose, prowling the neighborhood, teasing fenced-in dogs, or digging in yards and leaving her excrement for others to clean up? …

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