When a family member has pets and treats them badly.
My sister and her family insist on getting pets.
10 years ago, they got a cat. It escaped from home and came home pregnant. They found homes for all the kittens except for 1, which they kept. They got the mama cat and the kitten spayed and declawed. Fast forward 2 years, the mama cat has some sort of growth on her head, keeps running away and coming back days later stinking and filthy. Sister and husband take her out and drop her off in the country. Keep the kitten a few more years. Sister decided son is allergic to cat, gives me the cat. Kitty says it was the happiest day in her life.
9 years ago, they got a puppy named it Rudy...it lasted about a year before they gave it away through the humane society (they kept it until a home was found)
5 years ago, they got another puppy named it Ruby. It grew to be quite big. They kept it outdoors all day in a kennel and indoors at night in a kennel. 1 year ago, they took her to the humane society and dropped her off. She was peeing inside a lot and they didn't really like her anymore. She really should have been with someone who hunted as she would make a good hunting dog.
2 years ago, they got another kitten (guess son wasn't allergic) for Christmas. That kitten lasted only 2 months. It was peeing everywhere apparently. They took it back to the humane society.
3 years ago, they got another dog, named it Jackie...they still have him. We'll see how long it is before they get tired of him.
1 year ago, they got ANOTHER dog, named her Polly. She's still the favorite and they baby her...but they are starting to be bored with her too.
About the same time they got Polly (1 year ago), they got two kittens to keep as outside cats. The cats mainly live in their extra garage.
So, right now, they have 2 dogs and 2 cats. They just went on vacation for 2 weeks. They took the dogs to a boarding facility, but the cats they just left in the garage with a ton of food and water. My little sister was in town and went over there the other day. OMG. No food, No Water, and poop EVERYWHERE.
I didn't think that my sister was serious when she said that the cats would be fine alone. I assumed that she was having someone check on them every other day or something. Nope. Na da. I would do it if I lived closer than 2 hours away. Grr...
I realize that some people don't think of their pets as members of the family. But seriously, at some point in time don't you just think...maybe we're not really pet people. It's worse when it's family.