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Outlaw Puppy Mills in Massachusetts

Puppy mills (also known as commercial kennels) are large-scale breeding industries. These dogs are forced to be bred from a young age multiple times until retirement. The dogs are sick, malnourished, and alone in small, dark cages. They do not receive proper care; they do not get to play outside (or at all); and they do not know love. Many of these dogs never find permanent homes, and die at a young age due to diseases. These dogs usually have health issues such as hip displaysia, kidney and heart disease, and distemper. Can you imagine a little boy or girl receiving a new puppy, only to have the puppy die only a few weeks or days later?

Animal abuse, as defined by the MSPCA website, is "the infliction of physical pain, suffering or death upon an animal, when not necessary for purposes of training or discipline or (in the case of death) to procure food or to release the animal from incurable suffering, but done wantonly, for mere sport, for the indulgence of a cruel and vindictive temper, or with reckless indifference to its pain." The human operators of puppy mills inflict physical pain, suffering, and many times death upon dogs, and they show reckless indifference to the dogs' pain. When a dog reaches the age of retirement, they are either abandoned or inhumanely killed via drowning, poisoning, shooting, beating, etc. These puppy mill operators are animal abusers.

Puppy mills need to be outlawed in Massachusetts. Not only do they cause suffering to the dogs, but they cause emotional scarring to the families who buy these puppies. Human operators, and humans that are informed of the organization of a puppy mill should be punished as animal abusers.

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  • Massachusetts State Representative James J. Lyons Jr.


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