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Your recent cover story on pit bulls in D.C. (“Dog Days,” 11/23) was comprehensive and insightful. Frankly, I’ve never met a pit bull I didn’t likeas long as it was well-trained and not traumatized. I’ve also been chased by a chihuahua that wasn’t well-trained and was obviously traumatized. It’s about owners, not dogs.
While it’s well and good to print a discussion on the issues surrounding pit bulls, I think you would do a greater service to the community and to D.C. dogs and cats if you were to give that much coverage to the animal population issues in D.C. and the people who are working to promote sterilization and an end to animal cruelty and neglect.
In D.C., as it is in many communities across the country, thousands of perfectly healthy animals are put down each year because people refuse to spay and neuter their companion animals. The practice of spaying and neutering doesn’t ruin the animals’ lives, as many would claim. Killing an animal because you can’t care for it and you can’t find a home for it ruins its life. The misconceptions and misguided opinions on nonlethal animal-population control abound, yet to my knowledge, there is no widespread informational campaign or community outreach to the communities that are least likely to spay and neuter a pet or even know how to adequately care for it.
Dogs and cats in the D.C. area will surely suffer as the cold weather arrives. Perhaps you can run a cover story on how we can help prevent and alleviate their suffering.