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Sophie's final lesson of love
April 2, 2008 - Amy Jo Hanna-Eckenrode
If you are a true fan of Oprah Winfrey, then you are bound to know Sophie, Oprah's cocker spaniel and long time companion. Sophie (left with Oprah) died recently of kidney failure at the ripe old age of 13. If you didn’t know Sophie was a dog, you could easily mistake her for a friend of the human persuasion when Oprah mentioned her in conversation as she frequently did.
This Friday (April 4), Oprah is dedicating her show to Sophie by airing an investigative report about puppy mills.
According to the ASPCA, it is impossible to determine how many stray dogs and cats live in the
A new problem is arising according to the Humane Society of the
year; average number of kittens is 4-6 per litter.
* The average number of litters a fertile dog produces is one a year;
average number of puppies is 4-6.
* Most strays are lost pets who were not kept properly indoors or
provided with identification.
*Only 10% of the animals received by shelters have been spayed or
neutered. About 75% of owned pets are neutered.
* The cost of spaying or neutering a pet is less than the cost of raising
puppies or kittens for a year.
* 5 out of 10 dogs in shelters and 7 out of 10 cats in shelters are
destroyed simply because there is no one to adopt them.
You do the math.