Hidden horrors of animal cruelty
My name is Theresa Edwards and I am 13 years old. I would like to thank The Seattle Times for publishing Saturday’s article [“600 rescued dogs — and 80% are pregnant,” page one, Jan. 24] about the puppy mills discovered in Snohomish and Skagit counties.
I am pleased with the newspaper’s efforts to deliver such important stories that expose the hidden horrors of animal cruelty in our state and inform the public about how we can help. I believe articles like this give the dogs enslaved in puppy mills a voice and help them greatly by simply spreading the word.
This article particularly sparked my interest because of my personal involvement with the issue. My classmate, Audrey Long, and I have written to our legislators about the problem of puppy mills in our state. We testified last year in Olympia in support of Senate Bill 6408, a lemon law that would protect consumers who unknowingly purchased sick animals. Though it unfortunately didn’t pass, we will soon attend a meeting regarding a possible bill in the 2009 legislative session.
Thank you very much for running the article about puppy mills. I appreciate your consideration of this matter and look forward to The Seattle Times’ further coverage of this worthwhile cause.
— Theresa Edwards, Seattle