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Just say no to unaffordable spending

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By Tom Purcell

I wish I had a change of heart, but I still can't support it.

Back in 2009, long before I got my beloved 11-month-old puppy, Thurber, I was critical of a proposed federal bill that sought tax deductions for pet owners.

According to the Washington Times, Robert Davi, a tough-guy Hollywood actor, and then Rep. Thaddeus McCotter, R-Mich., attempted something back then that tough guys and conservative Republicans don't often do.

They collaborated to get a bill ― the Humanity and Pets Partnered Through the Years (HAPPY) Act ― to the floor of the U.S. House that sought a $3,500 annual tax deduction for pet expenses.

To be sure, pet care has gotten expensive.

People magazine reports that the average pet owner spends $4,500 per year just to meet their pet's basic needs.

That doesn't cover many unexpected costs, such as the........

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