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Animal Defenders of Westchester
P.O. Box 205
Yonkers, NY 10704


Those who endanger animals should pay

(Original publication: April 9, 2004)

Regarding the Saturday article, "Sickly animals seized at breeder's home," I feel this is one of the saddest stories I have ever read. To think someone would allow such pain and neglect to befall these poor, helpless animals for their own profit and gain is mind-boggling.

Ruth Sonneville ran a 4-H Club to teach children how to care for animals? How ironic.

She should never be allowed to own another animal - much less be around children. Your article asks for donations to the SPCA of Westchester to help care for these unfortunate animals. That is all well and good, but how about getting a major part of those donations from Ms. Sonneville, since she is primarily responsible for the sad predicament they find themselves in now. I'm sure money won't be a problem for her - she got up to $1,100 on sales for those poor animals, she works in an attorney's office (not too shabby) and she lives in Harrison (also not too shabby).

Let's start holding people morally and financially responsible for the helpless animals they have chosen to take care of. Maybe if they're hit in their pocket, it would make a dent and be a good deterrent.

We are the only animal God has given the power to care for every other animal he placed on this earth. Let's start using this God-given power.

Emily Frusciante, Mount Vernon

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