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.
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.
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” (