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Government Shutdown: What About Puppy Mill Inspections?

Wednesday, October 2, 2013 - 5:00pm

The temporary shutdown of the federal government is affecting people across the country, but we cannot overlook its impact on those who have no voice—our nation’s animals.

Right now, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is not performing all of its duties under the Animal Welfare Act: For one thing, it is not inspecting puppy mills or pet dealers. During this break in oversight, untold harm could be done to commercially bred animals simply because no one is empowered to monitor their safety.

“With limited resources and less-than-vigorous enforcement under ordinary circumstances, we know that the shutdown is a terrible blow to dogs in puppy mills,” says Cori Menkin, Senior Director, ASPCA Puppy Mills Campaign. “Think of the mills that were scheduled for a follow-up inspection today to make sure serious issues had been resolved.”

For more information about our campaign against puppy mills, please visit our No Pet Store Puppies website. And for a more in-depth look at how the government shutdown is affecting routine oversight of several other animal-related industries, please check back with ASPCA.org/blog tomorrow for a special report from our Government Relations team on the ground in D.C.

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jennifer

is the shiba inu in the picture above still in a shelter? if so can i have the contact info please

Cindy

Again it is the innocents who suffer.

Anna

Jennifer -theres so msny Shiba at shelters
Check rescue websites

Laura

I didn't even think about the puppy mills inspections. Wow. What I was wondering about was, what was happening to the animals in the national & state parks? If the workers jobs were affected then, what is going on with all the animals?

Miriam

Why are puppy mills inspected and not just shut down in the first place?

Janie Marshall

Excellent question Miriam. Why would we give these money grabbers a second chance? They will never change their ways. Their greed supersedes animal welfare every time! They should be shut down, heavily fined, do jail time and not permitted to own animals ever again! MAYBE then, they will recognize their faults!

Nancy Mehan

Good question.....shut these horrible mills down AND make a registry of each & every one of them!

lEZA sEAGRAVES

iT'S ALL ABOUT $$$ AND FUR TRADERS SKIN DOGS-ALIVE. IT'S SO PAINFUL FOR ME TO WATCH, THAT BOBBY HEARD THE 'DIFFERENT-KIND-OF-SCREAM IN MY VOICE, WHEN I ACCIDENTLY WENT TO A FUR TRADERS SITE-NOT KNOWING ANYTHING ABOUT THIS HORRID PROFESSION-IF YOU WANT TO CALL IT A PROFESSION? KEEP YOUR HEART OFF OF YOUR SLEEVE OR...SIGN PETITIONS ! GET THE WORD OUT, IF YOU LOVE ANIMALS.

Jenai Herod

I am pretty disgusted with the fact that this country allows puppy mills to continue torturing and profiting from the suffering of these loving innocent babies they contribute thousands of dogs every day to our homeless pet population while our shelters are overflowing with adoptable healthy dogs that they murder even faster just for space . And WE PAY FOR THIS INSANITY with our TAX DOLLARS ? I can't help but wonder WHY ??? It defies all LOGIC and common sense !

jeffrey

what about the trees??????????????

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