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Teresa Chagrin, Norfolk, Va., Published September 03 2013

Letter: Rescue of dogs was good work

Kudos to Cass County sheriff’s deputies for their swift action in rescuing about 170 dogs from an apparent puppy mill near Wheatland (“Criminal neglect charges filed against Wheatland dog breeder,” Aug. 23). Let’s hope that, if he is found guilty, the man who allegedly neglected these dogs is given the maximum sentence, including a lifetime ban on owning or harboring animals.

Unfortunately, this case is not an isolated incident. Puppy mills across the country confine dogs in tiny cages that are caked with their own waste; deprive them of veterinary care and proper nutrition; and never allow them to run, explore, sniff or do any of the things that make dogs’ lives worth living. When female dogs’ worn-out bodies can no longer produce puppies, they are often killed.

Each of us can help prevent dogs from suffering in the cruel breeding industry by never buying dogs from pet stores or breeders. We can save lives instead by adopting from our local animal shelter and having our new companions neutered or spayed.

Chagrin is an animal care and control specialist, People for the Ethical

Treatment of Animals