To the state of Ohio and Governor John Kasich for enacting legislation to protect dogs in large-scale commercial breeding facilities.
According to a news story, “Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed into law a measure cracking down on high-volume dog breeders or so-called puppy mills.
“Among other measures, the law now requires high-volume dog breeders that sell 60 or more dogs, or breeders that produce at least nine litters in a single calendar year, to become licensed and undergo yearly inspections.”
Puppy mills focus on making money, not the health and welfare of the animals they breed.
Puppy mills can house anywhere from 50 to more than 1,000 dogs who live in cramped, dark, filthy conditions with little or no human contact. To keep costs to a minimum, the dogs receive no veterinary care and often little food and water. The puppies suffer from a variety of diseases due to unsanitary conditions and lack of proper nutrition.
Licensing and inspecting these mills is a first step toward protecting the animals who find themselves unlucky enough to wind up in a mill. Creating standards of care is also important. But most important is that the general public educate itself about puppy mills. In addition, make sure any dog you, your family, and friends obtain comes from a reputable breeder or better yet from a shelter or rescue.
Take Action: Ohio residents, send a note of thanks to your legislators and the governor for their actions to protect dogs in your state. Residents of other states, contact your legislators to find out what they are doing to protect animals in commercial breeding facilities. Let them know you want those animals protected.
The Honorable John Kasich
Riffe Center, 30th Floor
77 South High Street
Columbus, OH 43215-6117
Tele. No.: 614-466-3555
Additional paws up to the Minnesota State Senate for considering a bill, S 36, which would require licensing for commercial dog and cat breeders who posses ten or more adult animals and produce more than five litters of puppies or kittens a year. The bill is in the Jobs, Agriculture and Rural Development Committee. Contact the chair of the committee to express your desire to see this legislation come to the floor for a vote this legislative session.
The Honorable Dan Sparks, Chair
Jobs, Agriculture and Rural Development Committee
75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Room 328
St. Paul, MN 55155-1606
Tele. No.: 651-296-5307