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February 28, 2009 at 3:21 PM

Bill to stop puppy mills

Substitute version increases animal welfare

In response to Kathy Notenboom of Woodinville, whose letter regarding Senate Bill 5651 was recently posted on seattletimes.com [“Quality treatment over quantity,” Northwest Voices, Feb. 18]:

The House Judiciary Committee passed a new, substitute version of the bill that is awaiting a decision in the Rules Committee. This substitute version does not allow animal control officers to enter anyone’s property without a warrant and doubles the limit of 25 breeding dogs to 50.

The remainder of what the bill does is only good: It increases cage space, provides sanitary food-and-water access and increases the general welfare of these animals.

The Rules Committee will decide wither this bill will reach the Senate floor. If you love animals or think puppy mills are just plain wrong, please contact members of the Rules Committee and express your support for this bill.

A list of committee members is available at http://www.leg.wa.gov/House/Committees/RUL/members.htm

Please consider taking the time to call or e-mail; you may save a life.

— Audrey Long, Seattle

About time to end an abomination

Your Feb. 25 editorial is beautiful [“Puppy-mill owners should pay,” Feb. 25]! Thank you.

Puppy mills are an abomination. It’s appalling that the authorities didn’t move any sooner to shut these institutions down.

But, it is not just puppy mills. If one wants a new puppy, it is best to go to a shelter or visit www.petfinder.org

I hope this is what President Obama will do: adopt from a shelter and set a good example for the rest of the country. Breeding puppies for profit must stop.

“Think occasionally of the suffering of which you spare yourself the sight.” – Albert Schweitzer

— Claudine Erlandson, Shoreline

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