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SOLVED: Adult Fiction > SOLVED. 1970s short story about dogs being banned in New York, sci-fi author [s]

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Lee | 6 comments Years ago a I read a short story by an American sci-fi author in an anthology, the story was from the 70s though the anthology was probably printed in the 80s. The story has no real sci-fi elements, more or less being set very close to the then present day New York, and very much of its time. In the story, the city of New York , after a rising campaign against dog ownership by people living in a crowded stressful city who don't own dogs, announce that dog ownership is to be banned after a certain date. The public is split down the middle, people within political (all the way down to black power & other radical groups of the time) and ethnic communities taking both for & anti dog positions. On the day the ban is supposed to start, widespread civil disterbance occurs, with anti dog vigilantes clashing with dog owners. The story was probably by a reasonably well known author in the sci-fi field, but probably not one of the very famous ones. Like I said, its very of its time. Could have made a good TV movie at the time or something. Any help gratefully received!

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Lee | 6 comments OK, I found out what the short story was, and its online.

"Do It for Mama!" by Jerrold J. Mundis

It first appeared in the 1971 Thomas Disch edited collection: The Ruins of Earth

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