About a year ago,…


About a year ago, Duke's owners paid hundreds of dollars for a pure-bred bassett hound and he was absolutely adorable. Breeders will have you believe that they are justified in profiting off of breeding because as long as people spend a lot of money, they will value the dog and take excellent care of it. Of course, it's nonsense. The amount of money a person pays for a dog has absolutely no correlation to the quality of ownership. Responsibility, education, accountability, compassion. These are the things that matter in caring for another living creature and sadly, Duke didn't have those advantages. His owners took him home, never gave him one single vaccine, and then left him outside where parvo could have full access to him. And because of this, Duke suffered tremendously and then he died today. We cannot comprehend why there are still SO MANY people in El Paso who don't vaccinate their pets. Vaccines are not a weird, unfamiliar thing. They're not like heartworm preventive where there is no human equivalent. Vaccines are a thing in the human world, just like they are in the pet world. Everybody knows about vaccines! The city has been absolutely SLAMMED with parvo and distemper lately and dogs are dropping like flies. It's hard to imagine that there would be very many people out there who aren't at least somewhat familiar with the diseases. Why, then, aren't they doing something about it?? It's not a few people we're talking about either. We have to see a significant fraction of the population not vaccinating to have outbreaks like this. We thought as El Paso moved more and more towards no-kill, people would do a better job keeping dogs vaccinated. But instead we seemed to have regressed. It's infuriating. ūüė≠ We are sorry we couldn't save him. But by the time we got him, his body was already in the final stages of parvo. We did everything we could, but it was too little, too late. At least he had a fighting chance. (Continued in comments...)

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