Make Licenses Required for Dog Breeders in South Carolina

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I’m Alexa Marsh, a sixteen year old girl with a deep love for animals. I have two dogs, a black lab named Brooke and a yorkie mix named Murray, whom my family and I adopted after he was rescued from a puppy mill a few years ago. After learning about what he as well as the other dogs at the puppy mill suffered through, I was absolutely horrified, and even more so when I discovered that in some states there are not any regulations for breeders. 

For those of you who do not know, puppy mills are large breeding facilities whose only interest is profit (from pet stores buying their puppies). These puppy mills do not care about the health conditions of the dogs, as long as they are making income. Sanitation conditions are intolerable, and often dogs are found stuffed into tiny cages living among their feces and urine. Their skin is dry and itchy from ticks and fleas, and their fur is long and matted. These dogs are starved and malnourished, and during the occasional times in which they are fed, they are left to fight each other for the small amount of food that is provided for them. Many dogs suffer from blindness, deafness, joint disorders, kidney and heart diseases, epilepsy, and even life-threatening illnesses that are passed on to their puppies. There are even times when dogs die and are left in their cages for weeks among the other dogs.

Puppy Mills are inhumane and cruel, and by requiring licenses for dog breeders in the state of South Carolina, we can help limit these horrible facilities and save innocent dogs from terrible cruelty.



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