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Rough economy impacts pets, too

Some owners balk at cost of vet care

Saratoga County Animal Shelter employee Tracy Dussault walks Chloe, a 6-year-old Black Lab at the facility Friday.
Photographer: Ana Zangroniz
Saratoga County Animal Shelter employee Tracy Dussault walks Chloe, a 6-year-old Black Lab at the facility Friday.
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In the face of tough economic times, some pet owners are shopping around for cheap veterinary care and others are deciding they can no longer afford even to feed their furry friends. Local animal shelters have been overrun with relinquished pets this summer, often from owners who say they need to spend their money on human comforts. Dan Butler, director of the Saratoga County Animal Shelter, said his office is seeing more sick animals than ...


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annarondac
August 17, 2008
7:07 a.m.

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I cannot fathom how a family's elderly pet could be abandoned like a piece of trash. Just think how a pet, mainly dogs feel at this betrayal. Take your pets to a shelter if you can't care for them. Seek out a home. Perhaps have a family member help with the care. There are a few programs available for people who cannot afford all the their pet's needs. Just don't turn them away.

bamavet
August 17, 2008
1:31 p.m.
(Comment was removed by moderator for not meeting the Daily Gazette's community standards.)
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