Animal rights organization PETA wagged their finger at Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for buying a dog instead of getting one from a shelter.
“With the millions of homeless dogs out there, you apparently chose to buy a purebred puppy instead of adopting one from an animal shelter,” PETA president Ingrid Newkirk said in a Thursday letter to the New York Democrat. “Right this minute, on Petfinder alone, there are more than 110,000 dogs — including French bulldogs — who need homes. Animal shelters are bursting at the seams with hundreds of thousands more, many of whom will be ‘put to sleep’ for lack of a home.”
Ocasio-Cortez shared news of her new dog earlier this week on Instagram, showing a picture of her dog in a pet cage. “We are thinking something Star Trek related or Bronx/Queens/NYC/social good related,” she said.
The animal rights organization president begged Ocasio-Cortez to be “part of the solution” to end the “dog-overpopulation crisis” instead of adding to it. “Consider setting the right example for your millions of followers by adopting a mutt and encouraging them to do the same,” she said. “Not only will you be saving another dog’s life, the new dog will also provide your puppy with the companionship he desperately needs as your busy schedule takes you around the country.” (Read more from “PETA Goes OFF on AOC for Buying a Dog” HERE)