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Published December 18, 2013, 12:00 AM

Pets as Presents


Erika Bennett, a kennel attendant/animal control officer at OC Animal Care, holds up a puppy for brothers Ryan Wartenberg, left, and Jason Wartenberg, as they look into adopting a pet at the shelter in Orange Calif., on Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013. Some shelters around the country are ramping up for Christmas Day deliveries of new family pets, a move applauded by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, whose new study supports seasonal adoptions. But some shelter leaders maintain that adoptions are better left for after the holiday rush. The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles, which is not affiliated with the national organization, still discourages pets as presents. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
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