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Animal owners should think of appropriate activities for pets

Gina Browning, the director of public relations of the SPCA Serving Erie County, believes that many animal owners are making a mistake by taking their pets on inappropriate excursions, especially during the hot summer months, according to a recent report from the Buffalo News.

According to Browning, many pet owners are not aware of the mistake. However, if one's dog is breathing hard, yawning or drolling, it may be because of inappropriate activity.

"People think, 'Oh, you [the pet] have been alone all day, come in the car with me while I run to the mall.' What they don't realize is how quickly things can go wrong," Browning told the news source. "People think that by bringing their dog to the Allentown Art Festival or the Taste of Buffalo that they'll be having quality time with the pet, but it's not quality time in the dog’s mind. The pet would prefer to have play time and sensible exercise."

Purebred dogs make up about 25 percent of the canines waiting to be adopted in animal rescue centers, according to the National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy. Pet owners should make sure that animals are spayed or neutered to decrease animal overpopulation.
 
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