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    Very sad - but your letters can help

    Someone forwarded this to several of us, and I thought I'd post this, knowing how much people here love animals, all animals. Just the thought of puppy mills makes me sick and sad:


    Friends of Hearts United for Animals,

    My heart is very sad tonight. It's frigid in Pennsylvania tonight and there
    are dogs who are suffering beyond anything that any one of us will ever know.
    Perhaps if we were to sleep in our garage without a blanket tonight we
    might know 1% of what they suffer. I have attached a photo of one of the
    kennels at one of the facilities. Please look at it. If the dogs can live
    in those conditions, you can look at it. Please send it to everyone you
    know.

    Over the weekend in Pennsylvania it poured rain, thundered loudly and hailed
    in addition to the freezing weather. The dogs are imprisoned in raised wire
    cages with no heat. There is no ceiling over most of the cage to keep the
    rain off. The rain could easily go into the wooden boxes. I had my door
    open for my dogs for a few minutes this weekend and the rain was so hard and
    the wind was blowing so much that my floor was drenched. These dogs were not
    only cold but wet and cold. Every single second of every single minute of
    every single hour of every single day they suffer. They probably pray to
    die. These are small dogs - short haired Dachshunds, Toy Spaniels, Boston
    Terriers, Jack Russell Terriers, Cocker Spaniels.

    There is no one to help these dogs. The State Department of Agriculture is
    supposed to enforce the law, but they don't. The United States Department of
    Agriculture is supposed to enforce the law, but they don't. The law requires
    that there be heat if the temperature is under 55 degrees but the federal
    inspector told one kennel owner that he "should just throw in some hay."

    And so these dogs suffer all for greed. Not even livestock is cared for as
    badly as the dogs. One man testified at a zoning hearing that he wanted to
    breed dogs because his 30 year old chicken coops were too small for chickens.
    The breeders have testified under oath that the dogs will never get out of
    the cages. The breeders said that the cages were big enough for exercise. The
    dogs will never get off the wires and never touch the grass. At one of the
    kennels the man testified that the dogs were not debarked but when we went on
    the site visit it was obvious that they were. Do you know how most dogs in
    commercial breeding facilities are debarked? They stick a metal pipe down
    their throat and hit it with a hammer. Yes, some of them die. Of course
    this is without anesthesia - not because it's illegal for them to administer
    anesthesia but because it would cost too much.

    Hundreds of you wrote letters in response to the last email I sent. Thank
    you so much. I am so grateful to you for your compassion. But there are
    thousands and thousands more of you who can write. The letters have already
    had a huge impact. The kennel owners complained publicly about them at a
    zoning hearing. The Visitors Bureau is sending the letters they get to the
    State. The Amish are a very closed society and the publicity and attention
    that they are getting because of this is causing them great distress. It is
    the subject of discussions at their meetings. It is also being discussed at
    political levels.

    There is a big convention in February to discuss tourism in Lancaster
    County/Dutch/Amish Country. We have an ability right now to make a huge
    difference in this discussion. Please write the letters I ask for.

    I know that this is a very busy time for everyone. But this is the season of
    love and compassion. Please write these letters. Download the photo and
    then write the letters. The dogs are begging you please to help them.

    The letters should be sent to:

    Pennsylvania Dutch Convention and Visitor's Bureau
    501 Greenfield Road
    Lancaster, PA 17601

    David E. King - Amish Breeder
    329A Centerville Road
    Gordonville, PA 17529

    J. Samuel King - Amish Breeder
    3527 West Newport Road
    Ronks, PA 17572

    Editor of the Lancaster Intelligencer
    8 W King Street
    Lancaster, PA 17608 (you have to give your phone number so they can confirm
    that the letter is legitimate or they will not print it)

    Copy to: Hearts United for Animals Box 565 Westtown, PA 19395 so that we
    can take the copies to hearings.

    I don't know how many other ways I can beg you. We can make a huge
    difference. Things have started to move but we have to keep the pressure on.
    Please write the letters. If you need to be further persuaded, please go to
    the webpage for Hearts United for Animals at http://www.hua.org. Go to
    Prisoners of Greed and read about puppy mills. Or go to Looking for Love and
    read the stories of so many dogs who have been saved from mills. Read about
    Dinah and then write the letter.

    Forward this email to everyone you know, to every list and newgroup. Beg
    them to help these dogs.

    Thank you,
    Lee Wheeler
    Hearts United for Animals http://www.hua.org
    The Sirius Shoppe http://www.ihelppets.com
    The store where all the profits go to shut down puppy mills.

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    Makes me very angry and feel very very sad. Does someone have sample type letter form that would give some idea what to write? I know as far myself I would have trouble writing up a letter and making my point and still be somewhat civil. I guess we need to thank you Karen for the posting - its just so .....disguesting that people are that cold hearted. Its also good to be informed that this does go on. Until about 3 yrs. ago I had not a clue to what a puppy mill was.

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