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Letter: It’s crystal clear to me dogs are not ‘property’

It’s crystal clear to me dogs are not ‘property’

There was an article in the April 13 News questioning whether a dog should be considered a piece of property or a member of the family. Let me tell you my thoughts:

If I were to purchase a toaster and it did its duty for years and then got sick and died, would I invest hundreds, or even thousands, to bring it back to life? Would you? But if I were to purchase a dog and it did its duty to me for years and then got sick and was near death, would I invest hundreds, maybe thousands, to save its life? Yes, I would.

Now what’s the difference if they are both considered “products”? The difference is that when I returned home after a particularly difficult day, would the toaster greet me with a wagging tail and undying love? Would that toaster “be there” for me no matter what? Would it go out of its way to cheer me up when I was sad? Would it protect me with its life? Would it invest its whole being, its life itself, to me?

There you have it. The answer, my friend, is fairly obvious. Why would anyone in his right mind even have to question it?

Marge McMillen

East Amherst