Owners Face Fines for Dogs in Drag
Pet owners in the UK may soon face prosecution for dressing up their pooch.
The RSPCA is pressuring for legal action be taken for endangering animals that are overdressed. This means we must say adieu to those adorable puppy boots, hoodies, pant suits, Halloween costumes and pink tutus.
Pet fashions have come a long way in recent years, with notorious celebrities such as Paris Hilton seen publicly carrying her dog Tinkerbell in costumes of every breed. High end designers are now creating canine couture, and department stores are carrying their lines.
Is it an animal or an accessory? A pet or a child?
Dorset RSPCA spokeswoman Jo Barr said: 'Dog owners should be aware that under the Animal Welfare Act that came into force in April 2007 they have a duty of care to ensure that all of their pets' needs are met.
'One of those needs is to express normal behaviour and it could mean that with restrictive clothing they are not able to do that properly.
'We're concerned that any pet should be viewed as a fashion accessory. Taking on an animal is a long-term commitment. It's quite humiliating and sends out the wrong message about pet care.
So what about my dog Moose? He shivers when the temperature dips below 50 degrees, and loves his stylish red and black pooch parka.
Jess Bland, professional dog walker and pet sitter from My Pet Friend, said: 'Dog clothing certainly serves its purpose when it's cold and wet, but it has to fit properly.
She says nothing about silly Santa hat that Moose also loves to wear each Christmas season. I guess I will have to assume that is OK as well.
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