People in rural areas should take responsible and appropriate care of their dogs, which means not letting them roam free or live most of their lives on a chain.
There is a disturbing undercurrent in rural America of animal, child and spousal abuse — all connected — which calls for the ethical revival of a civilization in decline. Living in Minnesota, I am shocked that thousands of mainly rural people apply for permits to shoot wolves and other “trophy” species as a recreational sport.
Pet poisoning incidences: Human prescription drugs came in first place in a recent report on the Top 10 pet poisons in 2013, ranked by call volume to the Animal Poison Control Center. Insecticides took second place, followed by over-the-counter drugs for humans; household products; human food (such as onions, garlic, grapes, raisins, chocolate and the sugar substitute xylitol); veterinary products and drugs; chocolate; mouse and rat poison; plants and lawn and garden products. Antifreeze, long overdue for manufacturers to add pet-repelling additives, continues to be problematic, as dogs are attracted to its sweetness.
Note: macadamia nuts, bread dough and avocados also may harm animals.
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