Obits for people and pets run in the same section in Las Cruces Sun-News

The Las Cruces (NM) Sun-News ran a death notice Sunday for 10-year-old German shepherd “Annie” (real name: Giana vom Fruhlingsbach) right below 72-year-old Eduardo Aguilar‘s notice on the In Memoriam page. Mixing people and pets in the obits section gets mixed reaction in today’s “Sound Off” column:

— Las Cruces (NM) Sun-News obits page

What is this world coming to? I am as much a dog or pet lover as the next person, but I’m appalled to see a dog in the obituaries with people. I’m disgusted that you would think this is OK. Maybe your loved ones are on the same level as animals, but mine are not.
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Thanks to the person who wrote the heartfelt tribute to the German shepherd Annie and to the Sun-News for publishing it in Sunday’s obituary section. As a fellow canine lover I really appreciated it.
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Sunday’s obituary tribute to Annie the German shepherd, is thoughtful and touching. However I feel that pet obituaries should be separate from human obituaries.

Maria Del Villar, who sells News-Sun death notices, tells me the ad rates for people and pets are the same — $6 per column inch and $15 for a photo.

* RIP Annie (2001-2012): “She made friends everywhere she went” (legacy.com)

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