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Perhaps letter writer Caroline Morder [“What Dog Shortage?” June/July 2018] does not believe that any dogs go back to their homes from animal shelters. This could reconcile the numbers she questions.

We all see pets (usually pups) that are from bottom-of-the-barrel facilities. But as I read “The Looming Dog Shortage” [February/March 2018], there is a call to come up with a certification for legitimate breeders. In Virginia, there are specific laws regarding first vaccines and minimum age upon adoption. That, at least, is a start.

Obviously, there is a shortage of quality pups or else there would not be a demand for substandard pups.

Dr. J.L. Bayer practices at Patterson Veterinary Hospital in Richmond, Virginia.

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