Letter to the Editor

Take action against puppy mills

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

To the Editor:

Kudos to officials for rescuing 240 dogs, many of which were allegedly emaciated and suffering from dental problems, from a puppy mill in southern Indiana.

I encourage readers who are upset about how these dogs suffered to help put puppy mills out of business by never buying animals from pet stores. Most pet store puppies come from puppy mills where animals are kept in tiny, feces-caked cages and are never given any love, attention, or even a chance to roll in the grass; where food, veterinary care, and shelter are often inadequate; and where female dogs are killed when their worn-out bodies can no longer produce puppies.

What's more, pet store puppies steal homes from dogs in shelters whose lives depend on being adopted. If you are ready to provide a dog with a loving home for life, please adopt your new companion from a shelter or rescue group and have him or her neutered or spayed. For more ways to help, visit www.HelpingAnimals.com.

Lindsay Pollard-Post

Research Specialist

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)

Norfolk, Va.