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Having a Job, But Not Much Love

December 8, 2002

To the Editor:

''They Call Me Assassin'' (Nov. 24) barely touched on the horrific
realities of store cats that are kept solely for rodent control.

They are abused and neglected, and they are expendable. Death by starvation is
common. Their unwanted kittens are put out on the street, adding to the
city's overpopulation of cats.

All urban working animals -- store-cat mousers as well as junkyard dogs
and carriage horses -- suffer the fate of being ''owned'' but unloved --
a condition that makes them the most exploited animals in the city.

LIVI FRENCH
Upper East Side

The writer is the director of the Caring Corps, a citywide animal
advocacy group.

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