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Pass a legislation making it illegal to sell puppies in pet stores unless they are rescues

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      About 90% of the half million puppies sold in pet stores come from puppy mills. There is no legal definition of “puppy mill”. A puppy mill is a large-scale commercial dog breeding operation where profit is given priority over the well-being of the dogs. This means animals may spend their lives crammed into make shift kennels about 2 feet wide. The federal Animal Welfare Act requires breeders who have more than three breeding female dogs and sell puppies to pet stores or puppy brokers to be licensed and inspected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The standards that breeders are required to meet by law are unfortunately, extremely minimal. Under the federal Animal Welfare Act, it is completely legal to keep a dog in a cage only six inches longer than the dog in each direction. Adding to the problems, the USDA admits they do not have adequate resources to ensure that the animals at the more than 4,800 puppy mills nationwide receive humane care and treatment.
       Kennels often times are made of wire leaving the dogs unprotected from rain, snow, blazing hot or freezing temperatures - or the kennels may be completely enclosed and the dogs never get the chance to see outside or breathe fresh air. Cages are littered with feces and carcasses. To make matters worse, in order to make more space for more dogs these kennels will be stacked onto one another- which means if they are in wire cages the feces and urine of dogs above simply fall onto the dogs below. Little to no care is paid to feeding, watering, exercising, socialization, grooming and healthcare of these dogs.
      Due to lack of healthcare many of the animals living in these conditions can have problems such as upper respiratory infections, kennel cough, pneumonia, mange, fleas, ticks, intestinal parasites, heartworms, chronic diarrhea, parvovirus, distemper, and giardia. Personality disorders can develop because puppies from mills are usually removed from mothers and littermates at 6 weeks of age then shipped hundreds, sometimes thousands of miles to pet stores across the nation. The first months of a puppy’s life are critical for socialization and learning not to be shy, aggressive, fearful and anxious. Unwanted hereditary conditions/ genetic flaws are accentuated by breeding of unhealthy animals and can lead to the following conditions- epilepsy, heart disease, kidney disease, hip dysplasia, luxating patella’s, diabetes, hyperthyroidism, anemia, deafness, cararacts, glaucoma and retinal atrophy.
      Mother dogs in mills are routinely bred every heat- about twice a year. This usually begins with their first cycle at around 6 months of age. As the dogs are bred constantly with no break in between after several years the litter sizes begin to decrease, or the dogs become physically depleted and are no longer able to reproduce, so they are deemed useless. At this point they are killed, given to shelters, sold to research labs or just dropped and left to fend for themselves. Most often the parents of the puppies sold in pet stores are very unlikely to survive the puppy mill.
      To sell puppies to pet stores, a breeder must be licensed by the USDA. Technically all puppy mill breeders are licensed. Often times pet stores use this “licensing” line to provide a false sense of security to customers, when what it means it that they get their puppies from puppy mills. The truth is a responsible breeder would not sell a puppy through a pet store because they want to make sure their puppies are going to go to good homes, so they screen potential buyers.
      May pet stores will use the “papered” line. They say the puppies are papered trying to put your mind at ease. This in all actuality means nothing more than both the puppies parents had papers. Many registered dogs are sold into puppy mills, and many pedigreed dogs come from puppy mills! The only way you can make sure that your puppy came from a good breeder is to see where it came from yourself.
      In conclusion, a great percentage of puppies sold in pet stores come from puppy mills, we do not want to promote these operations. Also, Saint George already has an animal over population issue. We do not want to import mill puppies to be sold when there are plenty of animals in the local shelters that need permanent homes. So lets encourage city officials to pass legislation that pet stores cannot sell dogs/puppies unless they come from shelters/rescues.



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