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350,000 Voices for Puppy Mill Dogs!

Thursday, August 16, 2012 - 9:15am
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Go, teamwork! The ASPCA, Best Friends Animal Society, The Humane Society of the United States, Humane Society Legislative Fund, Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association and Change.org have gathered approximately 350,000 letters, comments and signatures from citizens speaking out against puppy mills. Yesterday, the information was hand-delivered to the D.C. headquarters of the U.S. Department of Agriculture in support of the agency’s efforts to regulate unlicensed puppy mills.

“The enormous public response to the USDA’s proposed rule illustrates just how strongly Americans support greater oversight of unlicensed puppy mills,” says Nancy Perry, Senior Vice President of ASPCA Government Relations. “We have witnessed the abhorrent cruelty that often exists behind the pictures of happy puppies posted on a breeder’s website, and this rule would crack down on the worst Internet breeders.”

The USDA has proposed a rule that will require large-scale commercial breeders that sell pets over the Internet or by mail or phone, sight-unseen, to be licensed and inspected under the federal Animal Welfare Act. The public comment period closes today. Now the USDA will read and consider all comments before deciding final action on the proposed rule.

“We encourage the USDA to adopt a final rule that is enforceable, effective and covers as many commercial breeders as possible,” says Perry.

Super thanks to everyone who took the time to speak out for puppy mill dogs. To learn more about our legislative efforts and how you can become involved, please visit our Advocacy Center.

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SUZANNE

GREAT NEWS ABOUT THE LARGE SCALE BREEDERS. NOW LETS DO SOMETHING ABOUT THOSE SMALL SCALE BREEDERS... CREATE A LAW SO PETS CAN ONLY BE OBTAINED FROM SHELTERS--STOP THE OVERPOPULATION PROBLEM AND THE ANIMAL CRUELTY ISSUES. ALSO, GROSSLY OVERLOOKED ARE THE AMISH IN PA. THESE PEOPLE ARE COMMITTING THE MOST ATROCIOUS CRUELTY--DEBARKING THE DOGS, FILTHY CONFINEMENTS, BREEDING FEMALES KILLED AFTER SEVERAL YEARS, ETC. PLEASE START AN UNDERCOVER INVESTIGATION AND DO SOMETHING!!!!!!!!

Robin MacGarghee

I volunteer witht he Northwest Boxer Rescue and every month we are taking in female boxers who have been used and abused in puppy mills. These poor babies are over bred for the first 4 years of their lives, and then dumped at a shelter when they are no longer physically capable of caring and delivering another litter of pups. Their poor little bodies are worn out. Something has got to be done. Dogs were not created to be our money making machines. SHUT DOWN PUPPY MILLS.

Diane Klein

As long as I live my heart always breaks when I read these cruelty stories of abuse and neglect. There is no punishment severe enough to put these greed filled parasites away. But, I thank and support all the rescues, ASPCA and the Animal Legal Defense for taking care of business. I hope to be part of a rescue some day.

I am a very reputable small hobby breeder. Not only am I reputable, but I go above and beyond most (i.e. I train all my puppies, work with socialization, etc. before sending them to homes. They are raising in a puppy nursery (looks better than most children's rooms), and is probably cleaner than most people's houses as I am a neat freak. First of all, most animals end up in the shelters for only 1-3 reasons (Good dogs that owners can't keep/afford, bad dogs (ill-behaved) that weren't trained by owners, or a breed of dog or mixed breed that has bad behaviors, etc. Mainly, dogs end up in pounds because they are either ill-behaved dogs due to their temperaments either from bad genes, mix breeding, or from owner's lack of responsibility/control. I raise, calm, loving labs. I never had a lab attack a child or attack another dog. In my own family, my brother "rescued" a dog from a pound and it bit my nephew's face-he still has the scar and he was only 2. It was unprovoked. My brother rescued a three-legged dog and he bragged about what a nice dog he had (he paid $200 in adoption fees whereas my nice, calm labs sell for $1000-$1500. Three months later, it tore through the neighbor's chihuhua and cost him a $2700 vet bill. Whether people know it or not, the Humane Society and ASPCA propagate ill-behaved dogs through their own policies of pushing people to adopt only from shelters. Yes, you can get lucky and end up with a good dog, but you can also get screwed. They need to push for responsible pet ownership whether a pet is purchased or adopted through a rescue/shelter. Small scale breeders are not the problem, and their are many, like myself doing it right. None of my dogs are ever in cages... they live in my home, sleep on our couches and beds and when they have their pups, they have a designated puppy nursery. I even pay for "puppy sitting" if I have to step out. They start housebreaking at 4 weeks, which entails me taking out the litter, one or two at a time, at 10PM, 2AM, 5AM, and 7Am for three straight weeks, plus all day. There is no law that states that I have to do this, I do this because I want to raise and breed the best and most well-adjusted and trainable pups as I can. The law would actually make me put my pet breeding dogs in a commercial kennel. There is no one -size-fits all solution as every breeder is different as are the numbers of dogs.

sheela

all the dog mills should be closed Are they humans who do this with 'super brains'. It is really inhuman. Dog is man's best friend. Keep them happy.

samntha

THOSE DOGS R SSSSOOOO ADORABLE LOL BUT FOR REALS THEY R I LOVE U:)

angie

something needs to be done about this severe problem of hurting defensless animals,i am outraged, i cannot digest the inhumanity of these people, what is there malfuntion!!!

via

hay,,,,heres one idea....GET A NEW HOBBY

VIA

dont forget,,,the ASPCA and the SPCA are two different entities..

Sandra

If you are in posession of 1-5 female breading dogs for profit, I do believe you should be subject to control.
I have had quite a few dogs in my life and 4 JRTs presently. What I can say about small breeders is that some treat their dogs fine and some don't. Some see they get medical care and others don't. Some have social interaction with the puppies and some don't. All claim that the dogs live with the family but some don't and don't even have minimal living and health conditions. What can I say? If you are a breeder that claims to be a home & family led breeder and you produce more than two litters per year, you aren't fooling me. You should be checked! But this bill is not even going to effect you so why worry about it. Oh and for those who are going to argue with me, have you ever breed dogs? I have under the guidance of a reliable breeder(who feels she should be checked). With one female you can have 2 litters per year(I would never do this though) One litter is usually 3-5 puppies so if one female is producing 10 puppies, don't you think it merrits some sort of control? Okay, let's say you have 2 female dogs and produced 10 puppies and then by accident(it happens a lot more than breeders want to admit) one of them gets pregnant again while you still have those 10 puppies. So now with 3 litters, lets say you got the majority adopted but you have an overlap of 8 more or less of puppies. If you are a small time so called responsible breeder, then you should know how difficult it is to raise these dogs in a healthy, socialised way. Even if they are only with you for a few months and what about the ones who don't get adopted families, they'll just have to stay, won't they? OVERLAPPING occurs all the time and a small time breeder has to really love dogs and be 100% attentive just like they are with their kids. Let's not fool ourselves. Eventhough you may be a responsible breeder, there are plenty out there who aren't, and you know it! Besides the numbers I used as examples here are not even what comes under the bill's amendment.
If you are producing and selling less than the amount stated, you will not be considered a commercial exploiter. Therefore, small family businesses will not be affected. As a matter of fact they are desireable.
Please read the act carefully. "Puppy Uniform Protection and Safety Act - Amends the Animal Welfare Act to define a "high volume retail breeder" as a person who, in commerce, for compensation or profit:
(1) has an ownership interest in or custody of one or more breeding female dogs; and
(2) sells, via any means of conveyance, more than 50 of the offspring of such dogs for use as pets in any one-year period.
Considers such a breeder of dogs to be a dealer."
Another thing to take into consideration is that anyone who provides pets through the internet is irresponsible. Having first contact through internet is good but the follow up must always include meeting of the owner to ensure that the puppy falls into the right hands. Also buying through the internet avoids the responsibility of getting to know the breeders and circumstances. Buyers beware! A puppy is not a product that you can return. It is a living creature that has the beauty and uncanny way of interacting with humans. Having said that, know yourself and know the character of the dog you are getting. Know the breeder and look at their life honestly! I must add that I agree with the person who wrote "save the hobby breeders stop the puppy mills" but let's keep in mind the hobby breeders are also selling for profit and some are not always what they present themselves to be. Okay, so now that we all agree and know that internet providers are just a way for puppy mills to move their merchandise, we should penalise internet co's to be fencers for criminals. I believe the 2 bills to be amended are sound and should be passed.

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