The Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act in Missouri has passed, and will go into effect next November. Missouri has the largest number of licensed dog breeders in the United States with over 1,400. There could be as many there that are unlicensed, for a total of about one third of the country’s puppy mills. Dogs in some of the facilities are left in crowded spaces, uncleaned, given little or no veterinary care, and have no interaction with people. “This vote is a clear signal that we no longer want to be known as the puppy-mill capital of the country,” said Barbara Schmitz, the spokeswoman for Missourians for the Protection of Dogs. (Source: Kansascity.com)
The animal protection proposition was actually opposed by Joe the Plumber from Ohio, who used the familiar scare-mongering tactic, “This bill is just a stepping stone. HSUS eventually wants to extend this law to ALL animals. Their idea of utopia is a United States with NO animal ownership; NO meat to eat; NO pets; NO hunting; NO fishing; NO service animals.” (Source: Kansascity.com)
Missouri voters didn’t pay much attention to Joe’s off-based ranting, and soon Missouri’s dogs and puppies will have extra care from the new law, which increases the amount of living space each animal must have, limits the number of animals each breeder can own, and increases requirements for veterinary care. It also has made criminal penalties for neglecting animals, and restricts excessive breeding of female dogs.
The Humane Society of the United States and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, along with several other organizations, raised over 4 million dollars for the Proposition B campaign.
Recently a puppy mill in Missouri closed, and 800 dogs were auctioned. An article about the situation stated, “They are subjected to horrible conditions that spawn disease, illness, malnutrition and genetic disorders. Mill dogs are often shoved into tiny crates with no protection from the elements, no clean water or basic sanitation, and no chance at vet care. They don’t get to run around — or walk around for that matter — and the wire cages cut into their tender paws.”