Shrimp the dog helps student activists

May 13, 2008 1:41:58 PM PDT
The Oprah Winfrey Show put a national spotlight on abuse at puppy mills. Now some local middle-schoolers are getting involved and they received some help from a dog named Shrimp.

Shrimp was made famous after appearing on the Oprah show.

He was rescued by Bill Smith, from a Lancaster County puppy mill.

Smith and Shrimp were invited to speak at an assembly at the Friends Central School in Wynnewood.

Five 8th graders started looking into the issue of puppy mills for a class project.

They became so involved that their interest and activism went beyond the assignment.

The girls created a website and got their classmates to sign a petition urging legislators to pass laws making sure dogs have room to exercise and receive proper medical care.