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Jimmy Breslin

Jimmy Breslin won the Pulitzer in 1986 for Distinguished Commentary. Last week, in a column written for Newsday entitled " Should Exile Dogs", he wrote that dogs are "meaningless…useless…indescribably bothersome" and called dog owners "vile". This only goes to show that distinguished commentators can, in time, devolve into insufferable gasbags.

He wrote, "I detest dogs in the city and the manner in which they are treated as important humans, which they are not. They have no souls, so they have no position in life…Out on the streets of the city there is the revolting sight of people walking along with their dogs and then bending and picking up after them. They humiliate themselves in public, and I cannot understand why a person, having done this, can walk with his head up and even look you in the eye if he catches you staring…On the same sidewalk, a woman dressed for the business day was bent down and picking up after a dog so small that he deserved to be crushed and the woman, after making such a sight of herself, should have been shunned….If a dog, a meaningless animal, an animal, as I point out to you again, that has no soul, can use the street as a bathroom, then so can people."

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