New study shows dogs worse for environment than SUVs

POSTED: Tuesday, December 22, 2009 - 5:36pm

UPDATED: Thursday, June 3, 2010 - 10:59pm

Can a dog cause more damage to the environment than a gas guzzling SUV? One study says yes.

Man's best friend could make some enemies when it comes to the environment. A new study put out by New Zealanders, Brenda and Robert Vale, says a pooch's carbon pawprint is nearly double that of a gas guzzling truck or SUV.

The study, called "Time to Eat the Dog: The Real Guide to Sustainable Living," calculated the amount of food a medium-sized pop eats, the ingredients in that food, and the land needed to create it. Put them together and the study suggests dogs are doing some damage.

But pet lovers in the capital city say their furry friends win over going green. Most people we talked to said they're not sure they believe the study, and even if it's true, they have no plans of getting rid of their pets.