Americana: It Shouldn't Happen to a Dog

Man's friendship toward man's best friend turns out to be more fragile than one might hope. On Aug. 1, New York City started enforcing a new law requiring dog owners to clean up any waste left in public by their beasts or face fines of up to $100. That very week, the ASPCA now reports, some 25% more dogs were turned in (a total of some 1,450) than during the comparable week last year—and that does not include animals left on the streets. Over the month of August, the number of abandoned dogs increased about 15%.

The ASPCA manages to find homes...

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