Study: Animal shelters killing more cats, saving more dogs

Yikes: An Ohio study has found that in the last ten years, the state’s animal shelters have been steadily saving more dogs — but killing more cats. Since 1996, the number of dogs they received has decreased by 16 percent, while the number of cats rose by 20 percent. What’s more, the number of dogs euthanized decreased by 39 percent, while the number of cats that were put to sleep increased by nearly 14 percent.

As Lord notes in a press release for the study:

“What’s going on in Ohio is probably pretty reflective of many parts of the country,” she said.

So America is turning into a country of dogs. I like both cats and dogs equally, but I have to say, this news doesn’t necessarily speak terribly well of the country. More and people are demanding unquestioning obedience, uncritical love, and total loyalty: Not exactly a profile of a confident, tolerant, intelligent population, eh?

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