Technology can leave a terrible trail of misery in its wake. At abandoned dog’s homes in the UK, they are receiving the first, sad, victims of the craze for cyberpets. The artificial creations are so much more attractive to children than the real thing, that pathetic pooches are being abandoned, sent to refuge centers in the hope that they will be adopted by a new family – and, if not, awaiting that final appointment with the vet’s needle. While children are besotted by the digital denizens of cyberspace, those running dog’s homes are preparing to receive a rush of hairy rejects. It’s a sad sign of the times that hi-tech gadgets can replace the love of a dog, said Stan Strelly, who runs the Bynea Dogs home in Llanelli, Wales.
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