On November 2nd, you will have the opportunity to vote yes or no on Prop B, which is also known as The Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act. By voting YES on this proposition, you’ll be saving the lives of dogs.
If Prop B passes, breeders will only be able to keep 50 dogs in their facility. These 50 dogs, by law, will have:
• sufficient food and clean water
• necessary Veterinarian care with veterinary pet insurance for every dog.
• sufficient housing that will protect them from the elements
• sufficient space to turn and stretch and lie down without being cramped into a tiny ball
• regular exercise
• adequate rest between breeding cycles.
If I had to guess, I’d say any dog that you have has all of those things, right? And you don’t even really have to put an effort into making sure s/he has all of those things, because it’s just what you do when you have an animal, right? It’s not that hard.
I’ve had 33 dogs come in and out of my house over the past 1.5 years, several due to puppy mills. These dogs have never seen a dog toy. They’ve never eaten out of a bowl, because their owners just throw a handful of food at them each day. They’ve never felt grass on their feet, because they’re locked in wire cages 24 hours a day unless they’re being forced to breed.
Missouri is home to approximately 3000 puppy mills that pumping out hundreds of thousands of puppies. Many of these dogs never see a vet before they’re sold for exorbitant prices over the internet or in malls and pet stores. Many of these dogs wind up coming into a rescue organization (like the one we volunteer for) because the puppy mill owners have decided to close down and don’t know what to do with the hundreds of breeding machine dogs that have never been socialized.
In my opinion, 50 dogs is still WAY too much. But it’s a start.
Please visit your polls and vote yes on Prop B.