Missourians for the Protection of Dogs released a report that showed the latest atrocities committed by licensed puppy mills – “widespread and illegal dumping of dead dogs” in mass graves.
The group is fighting for the passage of Proposition B that will stop puppy mill cruelty.
Missouri has more than 3,000 commercial dog breeding facilities that are licensed by both the USDA and the Missouri Department of Agriculture (MDA). The state is nicknamed the Puppy Mill Capital of America.
Now with less than a week until elections, Missourians for the Protection of Dogs released an 18 page report that documents how the biggest puppy mills are illegally disposing dead dogs.
The report was based on information from USDA and MDA inspection reports that looked into dog mortality rates at large-scale breeding facilities.
Here are the highlights of what they found:
- One large dog broker had mass puppy graves on the property and was burying approximately 220 pounds of dead dogs each month. This translated to an average of 50-100 dogs. The facility first came under suspicion for polluting nearby ponds with the bodies of the deceased animals. The government recommended the facility incinerate the bodies since they had so many deaths.
- Another account found dozens of large and small dead dogs in an open site in the woods near Lebanon, Missouri. The group of 40 dogs were dumped and burned after being recently killed. The commercial breeder nearby was the only suspect, but no government agency followed up to be certain. This particular breeder also had the “worst online complaints,” according to the report.
Over and over the report uncovers dogs that died or were killed because of untreated illnesses, neglect, starvation and even possessiveness of a mate and their remains tossed out like garbage.
Earlier this month HSUS and Missourians for the Protection of Dogs released another report that exposed the 12 worst legal commercial breeders in the state.
The puppy mills put into this category had the most number and most severe state and/or federal animal welfare violations.
Some of the abuses committed by the group dubbed the “Dirty Dozen” included: emaciated dogs, dogs exposed to severe temperatures, sick dogs, dogs with open sores, lack of veterinary care, dying puppies and filthy living conditions.
Those opposed to Prop B say there are enough laws in place to keep cruelty out of the commercial dog breeding business. The HSUS and Missourians for the Protection of Dogs have proved otherwise.
To learn more about Prop B and what it requires of puppy mills, you can read fellow Care2 blogger, Mac McDaniel’s story – Tea Party Opposes Puppy Mill Law
Click Here to read the full report concerning the disposal of animals at puppy mills.
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