To the editor of THE EAGLE:
I am writing to warn people that when you buy a pet from a shop there is a 98 percent change you are being cheated. Ninety-eight percent of the dogs you see at pet shops come from puppy mills. They have lived in cages with little food and water and many have diseases. The ones that aren’t sold are bred at six months and bred twice a year until age four or five when they are too worn out to breed and are dumped or killed.
The people who buy these puppies soon find out that they die shortly after they get them. Get pets from shelters or rescues to have a life-long companion. Adopt, don’t shop!
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 were provided information to inspire their 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.