And sure enough, social media did not disappoint. Waves of people posted responses, most of them taking issue with Reed and his point of view:
they’ll find you soon. delete your account bud.
— Ryan Shannon (@ryantshannon) July 12, 2018
“This crazy dog love keeps getting more and more costly,” Reed wrote, then noted that the amount of money Americans spent on their pets had more than quadrupled, from $17 billion in 1994 to $69.5 billion in 2017.
“Is that love in your dog’s eyes — or is that the look of a con man sizing up his mark?” Reed wrote.
One animal shelter, the Morris Avenue Refuge in Philadelphia, took a more proactive approach in response to the column: