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Local Dog Opposes Spay/Neuter Bill -- So Do Majority of RFT Commenters

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Dash, a local Vizsla, opposes the new bill from St. Louis Alderwoman Lyda Krewson mandating that dogs be spayed/neutered and microchipped.

As Daily RFT's Chad Garrison reported yesterday, Alderwoman Lyda Krewson is pushing a bill that would require St. Louis residents to spay/neuter their pets and implant them with a microchip -- or face a $200 annual fine.

That plan drew a vociferous response on our website yesterday (more on that in a bit). It also generated a video response from a thirteen-week-old Vizsla in Soulard named Dash.

Dash, as it turns out, isn't just a young male dog with all his bits intact. He's also a neighbor of Ryan, the local blogger behind the I Love Soulard website, meaning he's one of those dogs who has a social media presence, including his own Twitter handle (@ThatDudeDash).

And somehow, Dash was able to persuade blogger Ryan to record his thoughts on Krewson's bill -- which Ryan promptly posted on I Love Soulard and also gave us permission to share with Daily RFT readers. Even if you couldn't care less about your 4th and 8th Amendment rights, as detailed by Dash, it's worth watching simply because Dash is so gosh-darn cute. (Those floppy ears! Those big puppy eyes!)

Now Dash isn't the only one raising a ruckus over the issue. Yesterday, after the Drudge Report linked to Garrison's post, our comment section turned into a fascinating free-for-all. When last we checked, the post had generated 412 comments.

The Drudge Report's loyalest readers, God love 'em, are mostly libertarian in their politics, so we're not surprised that the responses tilted heavily against Krewson's bill. We did find it amusing, however, to see what sort of themes developed as the conversation grew in size.

After the jump, our rough breakdown of some of the most popular responses.


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Shelley Powers
Shelley Powers

You know, you're partially responsible for the quality of comments at your site. You ask little from your commenters, and get little in return. 

Dakota
Dakota

I think its good to do those but you shouldn't be fined for it.

Eileencgress
Eileencgress

I personally would support this legislature. Even though many pet owners are responsible and spay/neuter their pets, an equal or higher number do not, resulting in unwanted puppies that may or may not find "forever" homes. These stray dogs are then shoved upon local shelters to care for, often on already-stretched-tight budgets. A mandatory spay/neuter bill would help reduce the number of stray or unwanted pets in the U.S., a large issue that shelters face. Microchipping is extremely useful for pet shelters, as well - if a dog slips his or her collar and is picked up by a shelter, the microchip contains the owner's information so that the dog can be returned to his or her family. Both of these measures are useful and proactive.

Maddiesmom1982
Maddiesmom1982

I for one think its great!!! So many helplesd animals die every year because of no homes. Its the responsible thing to do!!!!"

Pamlynnet
Pamlynnet

My dog , an AKC registered Australian Shepherd - has had a microchip for almost 8 years and I did it for HIS PROTECTION, in case he got lost.  I also  had him neutered, as I was not going to breed him.  I do believe in spay and neutering as there are way too many unwanted animals out there and THEY are the ones suffering!!!!!!!

KITTY
KITTY

I'm for anything that would turn Pit Bulls, Rots, Dobermans and Akitas into mild mannered pansys! Many owners of those dogs should be "fixed" as well since the marjority of those dogs are owned by gangstas and drug dealers!

captwasabi
captwasabi

Of course they should! First off, it's the law and if you don't follow the law there are repercussions. That's part of being what is known as an adult. 2nd, do you have any idea how much animal control costs municiplalities each year? A whole heap. The fines should go towards mitigating those costs.

me7XA
me7XA

Sure yeah, I agree it's sad that there are so many strays, but they have absolutely NO RIGHT to force pet owners to spay/neuter their dogs.  No one thinks about those who are being responsible with their animals and yet are still getting punished for the actions of those too lazy to do the right thing (make sure their pets aren't running around making babies).  It sounds like a good plan, but it's just paving the way for more rights to be taken.

Maddiesmom1982
Maddiesmom1982

I cant agree more!!! They are the ones that suffer!!!

Nadine Brown
Nadine Brown

totally wrong!! most ppl who get those breeds of dogs because they love the breed..not b/c they r criminals!!

captwasabi
captwasabi

 Of course the govt has a right to establish minimum requirements that need to be followed for animal ownership. And your argument about "responsible" owners makes no sense. If they are responsible owners then they have already spayed/neutered their pets. And please stop using the word "rights". Owning pets is not a right and every time some idiot attempts to extend Constitutional rights to some idiotic bs topic such as this they just sound like a moron.

Jonathan Sharkey
Jonathan Sharkey

Did you even watch the video or read the article you're commenting on?

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