Sad story in today's Toronto Star:
With each factory that closed, each round of layoffs at the General Motors plant, more animals came in.
Many were simply abandoned, left in empty apartments after the tenants had been evicted. But in other cases – one or two a month – it was clear they had been surrendered for financial reasons, their owners unable to pay for food or veterinary bills, says Ruby Richards, manager of the Humane Society of Durham Region in Oshawa, a region hard hit by the manufacturing sector's steady decline.
With the added squeeze of the recession, more Durham residents are giving up pets to cut costs, Richards said. "We get calls from people who have lost their job, who are moving in with relatives and can't take their pets with them."
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