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January 26, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Puppy siege

Adopt from shelters, not pet shops or breeders

Thank you for alerting the public to the “puppy tsunami” hitting our shores [“600 rescued dogs — and 80% are pregnant,” page one, Jan. 24]. The number of these innocent, little, furry victims is staggering.

The people running the so-called “puppy mills” are criminals and should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law, which is never enough when it concerns animals.

This type of situation should convince people to adopt a dog from a shelter and never from pet shops, breeders or newspaper ads. There is no such a thing as a responsible breeder. It’s a business, not love. It is very elitist; the price is usually exorbitant.

We have a campaign asking President Obama to adopt a dog for his little girls from a shelter. It is possible to get any breed you want by visiting www.petfinder.com

I hope he’ll do the right thing and set a much-needed example.

I wish the best for these little dogs: a good home for life.

— Claudine Erlandson, Shoreline

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