MAY 26, 1997

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The tragedy of puppy mills

puppy mills I know what it is like to want a puppy. I've been there many times myself, but did you know that the #1 cause of domestic pet deaths are from overpopulation, and one of the biggest causes in overpopulation is puppy mills? Isn't that sad?
   That is why you must be careful when buying a puppy. Be careful of pet shops that get their puppies from puppy mills. Once while flipping through a magazine, I came across an article on puppy mills. A picture in the corner showed a three-legged golden retriever cowering in the corner of the cage. Next to his legs lay a dog, probably dead for at least three weeks, covered in flies and bugs. That terrible picture will stick in my mind forever as an example of the way these dogs are treated.
   Another thing that happens is that since they grew up under such bad conditions, they have behavior problems that can turn out to be very serious. Some have a fear of people and some are just really vicious. Inbreeding may cause physical or mental deformations.
   I hope you will support the Humane's Society and help close these places right now! Presently, Washington is trying to pass a law requiring health departments to make long and more thorough checks of these facilities. If you want to help, go to a shelter and adopt one of those dogs. Also to help, you can write letters to your representatives and/or donate time or money to a shelter.
   Thank you for taking the time to read my letter.

Nicole Wegner, Bothell