Opinion: Animals in Public

Natalie Seagroves, Opinion Writer

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Who doesn’t love animals? Most people would say that if you don’t like animals, then you’re a monster. But how do most people feel about animals coming into places that are meant to be “clean” places? For example, restaurants, stores, and many other public places that a lot people go to are supposed to be hygienic. Don’t get me wrong, I know there’s a such thing as a service animal. Those kinds of animals are fine in public places, especially those who make sure their service animal are wearing their service vest.

There have been several occasions where I’ve been at a store such as Fry’s or Walmart or even Target for that matter, where I see so many people try to bring their dogs inside who aren’t registered as service dogs. A majority of the time the dog is cute and seems like a kind dog, but when I’m trying to shop for groceries I don’t necessarily want to see or hear people argue with the employees about bringing their dog inside the store. Most of the time people lie and say their dog or animal is a service animal, then when the employees ask for the proof, the people usually don’t have the proof to show them. It just seems like these people want to start an argument about something that be easily fixed by just not bring their animal into a place where people are trying to shop at.

Also a grocery store is supposed to be a clean place where you buy your food at, and I don’t know about you but I personally want the food I eat to be clean. The people who get away with bringing their animal inside the store usually put the animal — if the animal is small enough — in the cart. If you think about it, the cart gets all the gross dog germs all over it. Then the next person who puts their food they’re buying in that cart is covered with that dog’s germs.

I love animals just as much as the next person, it’s just sometimes I don’t want animals where I’m trying to eat. Dog hair can get in the air and possibly get in your food. I understand that some people need a service animal to help them, and I completely respect that. I just don’t don’t want random animals coming inside certain places. Also, much of the time the type of people who want to bring their pets into certain places are homeless. That usually means that their “pet” could be dirty and have issues that could get the people inside sick or something like that.

Lastly, service animals are perfectly fine when a person truly needs them. Animals who could possibly have diseases and could get others sick are not okay to be inside certain places. Certain people shouldn’t put up a fight with employees to bring their pet inside because there’s honestly no point in that.

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