Despite economic pinch, people still pay for pets

Soaring gas prices forced Nyruh Weaver to drive less. His family loves going to the movies, but these days the group makes fewer trips to the theater.

But Weaver, of Fort Mill, still wants pets, possibly a dog and a cat.

"Pets have more to contribute than just being around," said Weaver, who stopped at Wags pet bakery and boutique Thursday in Baxter Village asking for directions to a humane society. "Animals have an effect on your life. It's not just a novelty thing."

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