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I recognize that euthanasia is a controversial, highly emotional issue. But after dealing with shelters across the country, I believe that not one temperamentally adoptable dog would need to be killed because of a lack of space or time. Too many shelters are holding aggressive and dangerous dog interminably, while just around the corner another shelter euthanizes dozens of highly adoptable dogs for lack of cage space.

The decision to euthanize must be made in the best interests of the dog. He is living in the present. It is a human's responsibility to make sure the dog is not living in what the dog would consider hell. It is selfish to keep a dog alive if he has deteriorated emotionally or behaviorally, or his mental health is gone. It is unfair to offer to the public a dangerous dog or one who will be a behavioral nightmare for life.

I have been dealing with euthanasia for most of my life, and my most recent experience with euthanasia is as profoundly disturbing as my first. And yet, when I repeatedly see dogs living a hellish existence in shelters with virtually no hope of an eventual adoption, euthanasia sometimes seems to be the more humane option.

While my mission in life is to prevent the euthanasia of any "adoptable" dog in a shelter due to lack of space or time, I also care passionately about preventing the adoption of dangerous dogs and stopping the torment and torture of interminably or permanently kenneled dogs.

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