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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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Loves animals..

Does the Government really even visit puppy mills... I thought it was more the ASPCA, and the animal rights groups, more so than the Government...Do they actually take the time to inspect like they should...?

Rosa Caldwell

I feel badly for the animals who are suffering during all of this. They do not deserve this. Hope everyone will do what they can to keep an eye out for abuse and neglect. It is a misdemeanor in alot of states and in some states a felony. Give these animals a chance. Treat them with respect.

lovebigdogs

Check out the laws in Toronto Canada. Pet stores can't buy from PuppyMills. Good law.

lEZA sEAGRAVES

CANADA HAS A WHOLE DIFFERENT SYSTEM THAN OURS-THEY HAVE SOCIALIZED MEDICINE FOR MANY YEARS, AND THEY ALSO HAVE SOME VERY DISQUESTING LAWS ALSO. IT'S NOT ALL YOU THINK IT SHOULD BE. HERE OR THERE, CHINA, INDIA, JAPAN, AND SO ON...LOOK INTO WHILE THE PC'S ARE STILL WORKING.

Destiny

And this is why I hate Obama......why does America have to suffer for him? And this? Just cruel! They don't deserve this at ALL!!!!!! He needs to go! Anybody with me? Fight for FREEDOM! This is us against him.....who will win? US! Stand up against Obama Care! I know I am......

Jenny

People who have puppy mills should painfully die in a hole

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