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Letter: I would save my dogs over your children
First Published Jun 30 2014 04:46 pm • Last Updated Jun 30 2014 04:46 pm

Regarding ("Lost child still more important than a dog," June 29): Just because the law states that dogs are property does not make it right. As a person who has shared her entire life with dogs, and never wanted to have human children, I can unequivocally say my dogs are my children.

I cook for them, play with them, educate them, spend thousands on their health care and tend to their every need. I would kill to protect them. Given the choice between saving the life of my dogs or that of someone else’s child, I would save my dogs every time; just as any mother would do given the same choice.

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Just because I did not give birth to them does not make them less than any adopted human child. Because dogs are developmentally equal to a non-verbal toddler, what this officer did was akin to shooting the very child they were looking for if that child had acted in a threatening manner.

Ashley Simmons


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