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Opinion

Jennifer Graham

Keep your jackal-dogs in Carolina

With tobacco’s fortunes declining and indigo unnecessary, the ever-resourceful South has found a new export: dogs.

Southern animal rescues are over capacity, so they’re sending their excess dogs to New England, where demand exceeds supply. This leads to an uncomfortable, region-baiting question: Why do they have so many strays, and we don’t? A year ago, the founder of a Boston no-kill shelter said it’s because “animal rights are not favored in the South” and Southerners don’t spay and neuter their pets. This is like telling a friend she’s gotten fatter. It may be true, but must not be said. To keep the Union intact, wag more, snark less.

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