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Should People Have to Take a Test to Own a Pet?

That said, should Ms. Brooks have been allowed to have her dog back? After all, her poor decision making could have resulted in the death of her dog. Many animal advocates were fired up that she ended up getting Malibu back, as she didnít seem deserving of pet-ownership after nearing killing her dog with heat stroke. Had Malibu been a two-legged human, I highly doubt child services would have been as forgiving.

And what about Kisha Curtis, 27, the owner of Patrick the pit bull? This starved, 20-some pound dog (who was supposed to be 50+ pounds) was thrown down a 22-story garbage chute in Newark, NJ. He was left for dead: hypothermic, anemic, dehydrated and emaciated. Thankfully, Garden State Veterinary Hospital ó along with the support of countless animal lovers across the world ó was able to help him rally to a new home. Thankfully, Ms. Curtis didnít get the rights back to her dog.

So, readers, take this test. If you canít get the answers right, you are officially stripped of all pet-owning rights.

Which of the following methods best shows that you can be responsible for the life of a four-legged creature?

  • Throw it down a garbage chute.
  • Let it deep-fry in a car on a hot day.
  • Neglect veterinary care Ė after all, heís indoor only and doesnít need vaccines!
  • Love it the way it loves you: unconditionally.

Fire away ó what do you think – should potential pet owners have to pass a test to own a pet?

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3:46PM PDT on May 22, 2013

I think yes, animals deserve a good home!

4:32PM PDT on May 21, 2013

This is animal abuse. If it were a baby she would have been arrested. With all the apathetic, selfish idiots in the world, a lot of people should be banned from having pets (not to mention children).

8:45AM PDT on Mar 30, 2013

I'm torn on this one

9:22PM PST on Mar 6, 2013

Would be a great idea, some need a test for children as well.

3:16PM PST on Mar 6, 2013

A test ,yes, also if technology can come about something placed on animal that can trigger someone who means to do harm like a chip that can read DNA and find out that person is an abuser of animals or children, criminal of any sorts this can give an animal an edge to get away or alert a caring body to help protect it from a perpetrator something has to be invented to give the edge for the animal to not be so easily captured abused tortured etc. Hey scientists can you come up with something?????

11:05AM PST on Mar 5, 2013

people with bi-polar and anger issues or cannot afford pet foods. should not aquire pets or animals they just want to have.

11:09AM PST on Feb 27, 2013

can´t hurt

10:02AM PST on Feb 27, 2013

People should prove they can be responsible for themselves before they are allowed to assume responsibility of another living creature.

9:14AM PST on Feb 25, 2013

TOO MANY PEOPLE get a pet, without thinking about what it needs are-food, bedding, exercise, size on maturity, possible medical ailments specific to that animal/breed. also, they often have no thought about what happens if... and if they could still own and look after the pet properly.

EVERYONE should have to prove they know enough about what the needs of the pet is, especially if getting it from a 'baby' so how much food it'll eat and how big it'll be when it's mature, it's correct weight and size and to have time to exercise it. if people can't pass the test, then they don't qualify to look after said animal. that way, a lot of pets won't be under/over weight, restless due to no exercise, have correct size beds, have proper food that is nutritious and neighbours won't have a reason to complain as a starting off point

4:18AM PST on Feb 11, 2013

Yes they should be tested.People buy a pet without thinking in important issues:who will take care during holidays,pets can live 15-20 years,food and plants can be poisonous, hazards in the house,etc

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