According to a news source, “The House Agriculture Policy Committee unanimously backed the bill, which would remove requirements that dogs be given clean water, time to rest between breeding cycles and a certain amount of space to move within their cages.”
The bill, known as the Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act, passed in November with 51.6 percent of the statewide vote. Puppy mills are prevalent in Missouri as they are in several others states, such as Pennsylvania and Nebraska, with most states having some puppy mills in operation.
Puppy mills can house anywhere from 50 dogs to over 1,000. The breeding dogs live in cramped, dark, filthy conditions. They receive no veterinary care and often little food and water. The puppies often suffer from a variety of diseases due to the unsanitary conditions and the lack of proper nutrition.
Take Action: Missouri residents, contact your representatives urging them to leave the Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act as it was passed in November, adding only positive improvements to the legislation. Ask them to show mercy for their four-legged constituents.