To the editor:
The animal cruelty stops here! Do you ever wonder what immigrants or newcomers think of when there are dogs on the streets? They probably think we don’t care. It also makes our town look somewhat ugly. Why should you get an animal if you don’t take care of it?

According to, animal cruelty basically refers to any act of violence, brutality, or even neglect directed towards any animal. It also includes overt abuse, use of animals in sports such as dog fighting, cock fighting, and also where animals are denied the basic necessities of food, water, and shelter.

The Web site also said that individuals who torture, maiming, killing, and mistreated of animals can be arrested and held accountable. According to, 70 million animals are killed in U.S. laboratories each year. So next time when you see an animal on the streets, help them, or you should call the shelter.

So that is why animal cruelty should stop here. You should always love your animals. Animals should be loved, not tortured. It makes me sad when I see animals on the streets. Animals should be loved and be cared for. And lastly, if you are not willing to take care of your pet(s), do not let them suffer. Take them to the shelter. It will help the animal and the environment.

Paige Hayden is a fourth grader in Maureen Hudson’s class at Blue Hills Elementary School in Independence. The students letters have appeared in The Examiner for several day and will this week as well.