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In 2011's Margin Call, what is the significance of the recurring references to Sam Roger's (Kevin Spacey) dog?

Edit (fleshing out question): Does he have the dog put down? He does mention that it is costing him 1000 dollars a day to keep her alive and they show him comforting her on what looks like a table at a veterinary hospital. There's also the point about burying her in the lawn of his ex-wife.

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His dying dog is a metaphor for his compassion to those negatively affected by the economic crisis. The dog is used as a device to portray his empathy; the death of the dog reflects his lost moral sense, evident in his decision to stay at the firm and profit on the losses of others.

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Does he have the dog put down? He does mention that it is costing him 1000 dollars a day to keep her alive and they show him comforting her on what looks like a table at a veterinary hospital. There's also the point about burying her in the lawn of the divorced wife. –  coleopterist Jul 3 '13 at 5:33
    
Yes, the dog is put down. –  colti Jul 4 '13 at 2:56
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