From The New York Daily News via Yahoo:
Brooklyn: As a lifelong animal lover who is always entertained by your comic “Mutts,” I am greatly disturbed by your recent cartoon depicting a bull dog chained to a post and left alone by his owner. I thought comics were supposed to bring a smile to my face, lift my spirits or exude a chuckle. This recent version of “Mutts” is appalling, dark and disturbing.
Bronx: With all the sadness and destruction in the world today, why would the creator of “Mutts” want to show such a cruel and heartless storyline? I know I’m not the only one feeling this way and I can’t tell you how I cry each and every day after reading it.
Patrick McDonnell‘s current story in Mutts has brought concerned letters to editors…and reactions to those letters.
To Voicers Valerie Costa and Debra Maddalena: I can’t believe that you can not see where the cartoonist is going with the “Mutts” comic strip. Yes, the storyline so far has been sad, but so is real life. There are people who actually will leave a dog tied up and move
Such hand-wringing by “Mutts” readers over the mistreated dog being abandoned by its owner! I’ll bet dollars to donuts the pooch
I’ve been following the uproar over the comic strip Mutts. Readers are upset that cartoonist Patrick McDonnell is highlighting an abused dog. Having been on the receiving end of irate letters for my cartoons, I can relate.
We pet owners are attached to our furry family members, so I get that Patrick struck a raw nerve.
A letter-writer (“Mutts comic is cruel,” Nov. 22) suggested that…
The commenters at Comics Kingdom have also reacted, with the snarkers mostly muted.
Its hard to stop my tears … Guard Dog needs his friends and especially Doozy. She deserves him and he needs her.
I just knew it that Guard Dog would become dehydrated and starved. Outside 24/7 in the elements just hastens it. I’m still sad and angry because I wanted Guard Dog saved already, like last week.