Pet ownership is responsibility

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Animals fill our void in life. They provide companionship and joy when we are lonely. They offer comfort when there isn?t any. They make us feel good when we need escape from ourselves. This attention and loving affection works both ways, for us and for them. But, we have an obligation to them to ensure their care and proper discipline to keep them under control. When we fail to do this, we are not being responsible owners. There are consequences when we allow our pet?s unrestricted behavior. We must be aware of these restrictions and limitations in having an animal just like those we must impose upon ourselves. ALLEN CASSIDY, Auburn