There are over 100,000 dogs, puppies and pregnant female dogs living in cramped metal cages right now in central and parts of southern and western Ohio. These dogs do not know what the inside of a house feels like. They've never been out of their cages.
Awhile back we saved a Basset Hound former puppy mill stud (he was used for breeding for days on end). He was terrified of everything and took over 6 months to rehabilitate. He still will not play with a toy and does not like to be approached too fast. He still quivers when he's afraid of loud noises.
Don't let this happen to another dog.
Puppy mill dogs are often sold at dog auctions, which IS on the November ballot this year for eradication. These dog autions severly perpetuate the puppy mill problem by putting loads of money into the hands of the cruel Amish people who statistically raise OVER 80 percent of the puppy mill farms in Ohio.
This must be stopped.
Please sign the petition to tell our legislators that this is important to us so that we can get an issue on the ballot in November of 2012. If Missouri can get Prop B passed, we can do it in Ohio, too. It just takes our voices and our signatures.
**PLEASE NOTE: This is a separate petition from that of Ban Ohio Dog Auctions, the group at the forefront of the fight against Ohio's puppy mills and dog auctions. If you sign this petition, you will also need to sign a hard copy of the BODA petition for your signature to count.**
It may seem like we have a lot of time, but we don't. Dogs are dying every day and our legislators need to know that its unacceptable to us as constituents. We're going to need at least 750,000 signatures.
A "puppy mill" is a facility that continuously breeds female dogs and then houses the females and their puppies in deplorable conditions. Inadequate food, water, sanitation, year-round exposure to the elements and dilapidated housing are commonplace.
As everyone re-convenes for a new session of legislation, I want to talk with you about an issue that is very important to me as a tax-payer and citizen of Ohio. I don't know how familiar you are with Puppy Mills, but our state has become fertile ground for the "commercial pet breeding industry" because we do not have any laws or regulations to govern these facilities.
Furthermore, we do not have enough manpower at the USDA to actually enforce the laws that are broken every day by these heartless criminals who neglect and often abuse the animals.
Puppy mills are the epitome of cruelty to animals. Do we want Ohio to be associated with that? Between our fantastic colleges and universities, our top-of-the-line healthcare systems, and our gorgeous seasons and miles upon miles of national parks, I think not.
Milllers, particularly in Amish County where it has been (undercover) reported that a whopping 80 percent of mills exist, keep helpless, sick, dying, idle dogs in tiny chicken wire cages with barely any food or water, no veterinary care, and no human contact - except when they are yelled at to be quiet. Millers OVER-breed these animals until they cannot produce anymore, then they simply throw them away, let them loose to run and die in the frigid winter air, or suffer an even worse fate. Some are sold at auction for profit.
In a state founded on high morals and values, this is an absolute atrocity. Animals, at the very least, should be respected and cared for in a compassionate way. And of course they are not equal to humans, but they have no voice - and furthermore, no choice.
While other states like Pennsylvania and Virginia are passing laws and increasing regulations to reform this dreadful puppy mill industry and to advocate animal welfare, Ohio's SEVERELY outdated and inadequate statutes have not changed, so we have become an even bigger magnet for this cruelty.
Ohio needs laws NOW to stop this cruel, horrifying treatment.
Currently, Illinois is proposing legislation to help deter the puppy mill industry. It is called the Chloe Bill, and, among other things, seeks to limit the number of unaltered dogs a breeder can own.
Missouri also passed Prop 2 last year, although the Senate recently repealed parts of it, crushing a huge blow to the mill dogs and further lining politicians' pockets.
I surely hope that since I voted you into office that you may take heed this winter, and at least discuss legislation to be introduced to help stop the suffering of these innocent dogs.
Please support any legislation of its kind, and please know you have my support if you'd like to take the lead.
Let's not allow Ohio to be the kind of state that follows -- let us be the kind of state who LEADS! Let's make changes to how we treat our animals TODAY.
Thank you for your time.
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