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Despite a dragging economy and high unemployment in the U.S., it appears that we are not transferring our collective belt-tightening onto our pets. According to the Associated Press, Americans spent more than $53 billion on pets in 2012 - a new high. The figure represents a 5-percent increase from 2011, when American pets spending exceeded $50 billion for the first time. Of the total amount, about two-thirds was spent on food and veterinary care. But spending on other products and services grew at increased rates. For example,...

Paul Bridgewater, Flickr A Rhode Island man who performed surgery on his own dog to remove a cyst on the aging Lab mix's leg is facing animal cruelty charges. So why does Alan MacQuattie blame it all on the economy? The Vietnam vet told TV station WPRI he didn't have the money to pay a vet for the dog's care, but he didn't want 14-year-old Nakita to suffer. Using what he says was training from the Army, MacQuattie injected the dog with Lanacane to numb her pain and got to work removing a cyst on her hind leg. When animal control and representatives of the Rhode Island Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RISPCA) received reports of the at-home surgery, they showed up at MacQu...

Photo: Ed Yourdon/Flickr There's no denying it, times are tough. Unemployment rates are at record highs, foreclosures are still rampant, and through all of this, pets and their place in people's lives are being tested. Many, pushed out of their homes or jobless, are having to make the tough decision about whether they can afford to keep their furry companion. To help alleviate some of the burdens, New York's Animal Care & Control has set up the Safety Net Program. The program offers low cost temporary pet boarding or foster homes for those forced to move without their pets, low cost vet care so no one has to decide to euthanize rather than treating their pet, and free and low cost tra...