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Pat McMahon

Canine cruelty

I have a dog. A big white goldendoodle that I won't allow to walk on concrete during the summer heat. If her protective booties aren't in the car, I carry her to a shady place. Some people think that I'm spoiling her, but I wouldn't walk barefoot on a sidewalk these days either.

If I knew that she was going to be sharing a single room with more than 20 other dogs of all sizes and breeds, I wouldn't leave her there for 10 seconds, much less overnight.

But according to people who did leave their dogs to be cared for at the Green Acres Dog Boarding facility in Gilbert, there weren't supposed to be 20, or even 10.

Shouldn't there have been some human guardianship through the night?

After all, an air conditioner can fail under any circumstance. And as Sheriff Arpaio said, doesn't it seem like an extraordinarily short time for the heat to overcome that many dogs -- at night?

Homeless dogs survive daytime temperatures without care of any kind. The only value that comes from this heart-breaking loss is that now perhaps pet owners will be more selective about extended care for the furry members of the family.

I'm Pat McMahon

About the Author

He's done it all -- and keeps doing it. His career in local Arizona radio and television dates back the late 60s. Pat always stimulates with his thought provoking, opinionated, and entertaining commentaries on the Arizona Morning News while hosting award-winning talkshows like "The McMahon Group" and "The God Show."

"The McMahon Group" features an unpredictable all-star panel where three people from the community get together and give their thoughts on the news of the week. He also hosts "The God Show" on Sunday's where he talks about all aspects of spirituality.

Pat is also well known outside of radio because of his multifaceted career as an actor, producer, recording artist, writer, broadcaster, and one-third of the legendary comedy team that was on TV for 35 years in Arizona, "The Wallace and Ladmo Show."

Through the many experiences of his professional life, Pat has been richly rewarded with 7 Emmys, major national and international radio awards as well as numerous civic, educational, religious and humanitarian awards. Pat was also a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Ottawa University, the Arizona Broadcasters Lifetime achievement Award, and has his bronze likeness hanging in the rotunda of the Herberger Theater in recognition of his contributions to Communications & The Arts.


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