To the editor of THE EAGLE:
I would like to warn people that when they buy a puppy from a pet shop they are often buying a puppy raised in a puppy mill. If you are looking for a puppy you hope will be a lifelong companion you want a dog with a good temperament and health. If the seller you are thinking of buying a puppy from requests to meet somewhere other than the breeding kennel where the puppy was raised it is a sign that the puppy came from an inhumane place known as a puppy mill.
Another red flag of an irresponsible breeder is the breeder does not want the animal back if anything is wrong with it. The seller doesn't care about the puppy, they just want money. Buy a puppy from a good breeder or shelter!
This is one of 23 letters to the editor written by the fifth grade session of Camp Humane at the Berkshire Humane Society in Pittsfield. The campers sat through an hour program on puppy mills and provided information to inspire they own letters. Camp Humane is a specialized summer camp for kids who care about animals. A session from fourth to eighth grade is provided and there is a scholarship program for underprivileged families.