End abuse to all animals

I AGREE wholeheartedly with Simone Smith's letter (Gazette, January 28) about circuses being cruel places for animals.

In this day and age, you would think that a stop could be put to all animal abuse.

I see something horrible most days when I'm out and about, and it can really be upsetting.

I don't understand why some people have a pet if it is so obviously a nuisance in their lives – dogs left outside in the freezing cold weather, barking at the fence when someone passes by.

And the way I see some men bully their dogs outside in the open makes me shudder to think what goes on behind closed doors.

Do animal abusers not think there may be a price to pay?

All living creatures are precious. You only have to look in an animal's eyes, and you will see a soul there.

D Smith,

Lumley Avenue,

South Shields.