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February 18, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Puppy mills and puppy bills

Quality treatment over quantity

Daniel Paul’s guest column [“Stop cruel exploitation of man’s best friend,” Times, Feb. 11] failed to mention a couple of key facts.

First, Senate Bill 5651 would give animal-control officers the right to enter your property without a warrant. Just cause and due process would go out the window.

Second, the number of dogs allowed would negatively impact even responsible dog breeders. It is the long-term goal of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) to eliminate purebred dogs and, eventually, pet ownership. They are all about animal “rights” versus animal “welfare.”

Instead of introducing new legislation, how about giving animal-control officers the resources to enforce the laws already in existence? Focus less on how many animals a person has and more on how they are treated. Make it harder for people found guilty of animal cruelty and abuse to move elsewhere and commit the same crimes again.

We all want to see animal cruelty eliminated. SB 5651 is just not the way to make it happen.

— Kathy Notenboom, Woodinville

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