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Left Behind: The Problem of Abandoned Pets (PHOTOS)

Huffington Post     First Posted: 04/11/10 06:12 AM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 04:30 PM ET

Every year, irresponsible pet owners abandon animals that they no longer want. The reasons may be financial or practical, but either way, these innocent animals suffer. They may also cause harm. Abandoned animals overrun shelters and wreck havoc on non-native ecosystems. These nine fascinating stories of abandoned pets show why it is so important to always find unwanted pets a good home.

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Over the past few years, several towns on Long Island have had problems with packs of feral beagles. The beagles are bought as hunting dogs, but abandoned by their owners if they don't catch enough rabbits. This year after hunting season, the Kent Animal shelter took in forty of the abandoned pups. While beagles are normally friendly dogs, they can become aggressive towards other animals and people due to cold and starvation.
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