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Dyln Bukhart, 22, of South Williamsport, worries that many people don't take care of their pets properly. She is concerned that people acquire new pets with little regard for the long-term commitment they are making.
"I see people all the time who get a new pet, take care of them for a few weeks, then seem to forget that they exist," Bukhart said.
"Then, the animal starts behaving badly because they're bored and lonely, and their owners have no idea how to handle the issue," she added.
Bukhart was shocked several weeks ago to see a man hit a Chihuahua and drag it by the leash.
"I couldn't believe it. There was this huge guy beating this little tiny dog right on the sidewalk in broad daylight. Nobody seemed to care," she said.
Bukhart confronted the man, and the two of them got into a brief argument. She remains frustrated about the situation.
"People just don't think before they get a pet. You need to ask yourself, 'Do I have enough time and energy? Is there room in my house for this animal?' " Bukhart said.
Inattention also contributes to the overabundance of unwanted animals, she said.
"I don't have my animals that live inside fixed, but I also watch them to make sure they don't breed. Because I take care of them, I know when they go into heat, and can act accordingly," Bukhart said.
"On the other hand, my cat which goes outside is fixed. I chose to get him fixed because I know he will slip in and out of the house, and I can't watch him and control when he breeds," she added.
She said an animal's personality can change drastically after going under the knife, and added that a pet owner should make the decision to spay or neuter based on their individual animals.