The Coming Animal Pandemic
The Coming Animal Pandemic
By Steven L. Doran
Some of you may find this article disturbing. However my prediction is that in the near future we will experience a re-play of the problems experienced from the mid 70’s until early 80’s only worse. It is something no one wants to hear but needs to be addressed.
When I entered the Marin Corps the economy in the area where I lived was a mess, job losses were at an all time high and people began literally walking away from their homes and leaving the key in the front door. This trend continued until the mid 80’s .
During this time of turmoil people began letting their pets go in large numbers assuming that some kindly old farmer or person would take the dog or cat in and it would live happily ever after.
Private animal shelters closed and the administrators who swore to serve and defend the animal kingdom walked away leaving the animals behind locked in cages for the local municipalities to deal with. The dogs that were turned loose began packing up, and became diseased and vicious. The cats turned feral and dangerous and began to breed at alarming rates, destroying wild life habitat like game birds and vacant property.
On a side note just to show you how much damage cats can do, when I took over as chief of police in a community in 2002 the feral cat population there was still out of control and these cats were responsible for hundred of thousands of dollars worth of damage.
Because of the animal problem, local governments began destroying animals in large numbers. Police officers and citizens began dispatching other abandoned animals that were not able to be caught by animal control. These animals were destroying their property, injuring or killing their live stock or posed a threat to them or their family members. That was also when the campaign started to have pet owner spay and neuter their animals. Sadly this will not stop the problem not being able to reproduce does not stop diseases or aggression.
In the near future the problem will get worse and it is already happening. People are walking away from their homes and leaving their animals behind.
Animal organizations donations are down and soon they will no longer be able to keep up with the demand and will close. So they too will walk away and stop providing services leaving the problem to the local population again.
In the late 70’s and 80’s it was very unusual for persons to own more than one house pet. Today it s not uncommon for singular individuals to own several house pets of all types. This means that there will be more animals released that need to be cared for which will increase the problem and the stress on the system and make the 80’s look tame in comparison.
Those dogs, cats and other animals that persons consider to be their children now, once released will go back to their roots. Fluffy will turn into Kujo and become a major threat to human, livestock and wildlife health. and safety.
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