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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 26, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Friday, January 26, 1973 THE IETHBRIDGE HfRAlB 27 50 million pets abandoned yearly Pet explosion leads to very deadly end Ufll ft AMD WFIPD as fashion has been getting, Ibis is not ihe latest CTILtS lbe boutiques but somethiiis tradi- lional from far-away Pacific islands. The ceremonial dagger, left, from New Guinea and the mourning figure, right, used in manv island cultures to ward off evil spirits, are amous tie valuable native artifacts which have turned !hs jetliner lounges. which feature bars and pianos on other lines, into flying museums on Continental Airlines routes to the Pacific points. A Los Angeles firm, lulergraf, which specializes in introducing art into everyday life, designed the airborne exhibitions. By TOM TIEDE W.ATERFORD, Va. T'-r. 15 familiar. A family buys a puppy il'ai needs and, r.t'icr a time, v.'hon the novelty the dog becomes a pest. It is no longer cute. It ii loo big. It smells. So, alter some soul searching, the deci- sion is made to take the un- wanted animal to a shelter where it is pushed into a cage, lucking ar.d yowling, whiic the embarraEsed family, re- lieved of the burden, beats a retreat from the But the story doesn't end there. And happens after is a national disgrace Assuming the pooch does ivind up in a pound. r.o and assuming it is DC-: spirited out to the experi- mental labs, it is still stansii- doomed. i kept perhaps for five to ten days. for sale: but since a small percentage of the 20" million fainual) pet are ever resdcpied. it te destroyed to raaie for other throTouis. It will be electrocuted, gassed, chloro- i formed or. in soma cases, plac- ed with other dogs in a tight compression chamber vrhere mcdcrn technology vdil destroy it high altitude simulation. Or. if it comes to the NE- Htunane Education Cen- trr here in the sub- uriis. as 5.000 pets do each year. it Trill be in a rrore humane but last as re- pellent The dog v.111 be led L to a back room where an at- tendani fill be waiibg. armed ;-mth a hypodermic needle con- taining tip to 50 cc of deadly so- dium phenobarbitsi. The Eitend- ant cares? the to calm it. while exposing the aui- tnal's third and Icurth ribs i the heart 'Then while Fido is standing and the heart is close to the siin. the will pc-p the needle quickly. Some- limes the nefdie von hi: a nerve, in Khich case the ani- uiil cry oL't. Vrjaily not. though. Vsualiy the dog jufi f-lumps. loses conscio'jsness ar.d dies unaware. The description of one such j killing is sobering. The reality of millions of them a year is shocking. Phyllis TVright. dir- ector of the Humane Education ,Centre. has destroyed "more 70.000 dogs and cats in the past few years and ssys. ssdly, with a touch of birter- i ness, that ''the destruction j and gnr.vs ever, year.'7 No wonder. According to the Humane Society of the U.S.. the nation has a "pet popula- j (ion explosion" that dwarfs all concern over the human vari- ety. Beagles, schnsuzers and tabbies are multiplying 20 times (he people po'.-.ulation. Phyllis Wright says 10.WO dons and cats are born in the coun- try ever.- hour. 240.WO a day and, if ail survived, which they do not. they total 37 million a year. Without birth control, or hu- man intervention, th situation is into'.erable. Say; the Humane Society: "In one year a female dcz can give birth to four pup- pies, two of uram female. In the second year the mother and each of her two female off- spring can produce 12 puppies. By the third year the three gen- erations of dogs may have p.a- d'jt-td 3S offspring. Then, year cuter year, it goes on and on. If the tabulation is carried to the seventh year, the total could be 4.372 dogs from one mom- Even more depressing are the mz'-hemstics concerning the of the proliferating pets. Authorities believe 25 many as 15 million dogs and csts are collected by public and private .shelters each year. Tr-ree- founhs of them are tamed in by families (one popular rea- son: "The damn thing sheds us hair all over my the other four million found wand- enng in the streets. Of the shelter arJmals. only one in four is likely to be reclaimed or readcpted: the rest, as many 11 million a year, are des- troyed at an annua cost of more than million. Something obviously has to bs done. Aid authorities think they know what: legislation, education aad sterilization. Some states hsve already made m-v.-es concerning the firft: La., for instance, hrts recently proposed an orcin- Ettce which Is'.y fines on dog owners who allowed their pets to reproduce without Ciieck. Some areas have also begun programs to institute the second: most decent animal shelters encourage tours by youngsters, the theory being if kids acquire a genuine knowledge o.' pets they will more likely become responsible O'.iT.ers. The third part of th3 solution L- mi so easily exacted. Pet sterilization is an expensive proposition in mcst areas of the nation. In New York City, dog owners can pay up to S100 for spaying or neutering of their Because of this the Hu- mane Society, and various oth- er animal welfare orgEniza- UOES. hsve encouraged nrmi- cipaliiies to sei up reduced- price clinics. Los Angeles is well a sterilization drive r'at ct-sts from 521 to at tae public clinic. Other cities are a-king advice. "It's the cnly way." says Miss Wright, "it's the only real way." But is ii? Sterilization, edu- cation and legislation are fine in principle, but not so much different from popula- tion solutions offered over the dfrczdes. And since they haven't r2uebr on in the pas: sporadically, there is no real hope that, given all cf society's other problems, they will grab hold now. Thus the pet population ex- pjorion will Ukely continue un- til more radical measures are taken. Phyllis Wright has one. Sick and tired of kilibg bejp- pets, she says: ".After your dDg ns3 had 11 and you bring your problem to me, why no-: bring your children rJong. I'll take them into tie back room and EDOW them what redly happens to the animals whj srffer from the stupidity of people." Waiting for death nted docs suffer frcm "s'ypidify of people" Investigation shows f ew rent hikes ,VICTORIA (CP) Tee pro- vincial government has found little evidence of unfair rent in- creases foDowing its introduc- tion of a minimum S200 e.. month payment to old age pen- r.oners. says Rehabilitation Minister Xorm Levi. Mr. was commenting OD the result of an investigation he commissoned last fall into the effec: the increase mien; have on rents for elderly citi- The department hired investigators to interview per- sons complaining about rents! bo-eases. IMr. Levi said he himself rnei with representatives of two Provincial Apartment Owners' Associations in November ar.d found no indication rents were going up unfairly because cf the higher pensions. He said ins informa'jon is thn rental increases that have oc- curred are between five and si" per "These are cot he said. pennon Effect abo-jt of British Columbia's 2KM> pensioners, were approved by a special c: ths legif-lnture in and into effect this The mvesrgaiion bto rent increases was sparked by num- erous complaints from pension- ers following approval of tijt pension increase. IGA SlIIERS FRIDAY and SATURDAY ___ JANUARY 26th and 27th THESE SPECIALS IN EFFECT ONLY AT CENTRE VILLAGE IGA-LETHBRIDGE WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO LIMIT QUANTITIES MARTENS COALDALE Price, ,n Effect Until Closing Sat.r Jan. 27th ROUND STEAK or RUMP ROAST TABLERITE, CANADA GRADE A BEEF Ib. TABLER.1TE LITE PORK ALL CHOPS APPROX. 11 LBS. CUT AND WRAPPED Ib. IGA DESSERT fl. ei tins JAM REGAL APPLE and STRAWBERRY SMOKED PICNICS CANADA PACKERS RANCH STYLE ,...........Ib. FRESH FROM OUR IN-STORE BAKERY CINNAMON TWIST BUNS doz. MACARONI CATELLI 7 01. pkgs........ for BANANA! GOLDEN RIPE 8 ORANGES LARGE SIZE SWEET and JUICY 11 for NOTICE CLOSING DATE FOR ;AVE-A-TAPE FOR DISHES is Jan. 31st, 1973 Please Note: All cash register tapes dated prior to this date will be honored Dishes in good supply ;