Rented puppies face grim future

PUBLISHED : Monday, 02 September, 2002, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 02 September, 2002, 12:00am
 

A pet shop in Hong Kong is renting out puppies in an effort to find a 'solution to the problem of dogs being dumped by their owners' (South China Morning Post, August 29).


I am opposed to this horrible rental scheme, because it will not be good for the mental health of the puppies.


Imagine having a human baby on rental. The child would be traumatised and grow up without any sense of having a permanent identity. The puppies that are rented out will be troubled in their own canine way. As they grow up they may find it difficult to respond to humans. It may be good for the pet shop's business, but the proprietor should think about how it will affect the dogs mentally.


Also, the shop has no control over the treatment of any animal rented out. What if a dog caught a virus which could be passed on to humans and it was next rented out to a family with small children? Surely this would present a health risk.


SAM LEE


Central


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