Beloved Old Dog Dies — So His Owners Pay $100,000 To Clone Him
When their dog, Dylan, died at 8 years old from cancer, Laura Jacques and Richard Remde were heartbroken - so they paid 67,000 British pounds (almost $100,000) to clone him.
Born by surrogate on Saturday, the puppy - genetically identical to Dylan - was named Chance.
"The whole thing just feels surreal," Jacques told The Guardian. "I lost all sense of time. I have no idea how long everything took, the whole thing made me feel very disoriented. I was just clinging on to Richard for about an hour and a half after Chance was born."
The South Korean company the couple used, Sooam, has produced more than 700 dogs for commercial customers, and according to The Guardian, there are no regulations on the cloning of pets.
When there are countless dogs being put down every year because they can't find homes, it makes the thought of cloning a beloved deceased pet a bit questionable.
In U.S. shelters alone, each year about 1.2 million unwanted dogs are euthanized.
It's certainly understandable that the loss of a pet is a terrible tragedy, and grief is hard on us all. But given the number of dogs waiting for a loving home - not to mention the astronomical cost of cloning - perhaps this heartbroken couple should have taken a chance on a dog waiting in a shelter.
And while Chance is certainly a beautiful little puppy, we know that the animals we love are never truly replaceable.
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