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stop killing cats and dogs America

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We  request that you ban all kill shelters in the United States of America and make it illegal to kill any animal for any reason except a severe untreatable illness.
 An estimated 5 million cats and dogs are killed in shelters each year. That’s one about every six seconds. Millions more are abandoned, only to suffer from illness or injury before dying. Most of the injured dogs or cats do NOT receive any treatment in the shelter, not even a painkiller. Many are left with open wounds, broken legs, and extreme infections until a rescue organization can pull them out or they die or are killed.

Most puppies and kittens don’t make it out because they die from deadly diseases such as Parvo, which they catch in the shelter due to the lack of cleaning and sterilizing.

In some states the dogs are left outdoors in the ice and snow and in extreme temperatures, without shelter or food, until their kill time comes.... it's tragic and shameful.

After all the suffering endured by the animals, many die in very horrific way; at facilities that gas, animals go through forty minutes of continuous torture until they die.  Some by heartstick, which is a very painful method of killing. Even the humane way is not humane because the animals are terrified.

We request that you ban all puppy mills, backyard breeders and all uncertified breeders in the United States of America because of their horrific conditions and the unexplainable cruelty, as well as the negative impact on the dog and cat overpopulation which affect the animals in the shelters.

The life for dogs in puppy mills is very sad. They are forced to live in cramped, filthy conditions with little or no veterinary care. These animals spend their entire lives in steel cages never knowing what it is like to roam free. Many puppy mills are located outside so animals face the hottest heat and the coldest cold with no shelter. They are forced to constantly breed until they can't anymore then they are killed or abandoned to die from hunger or illness. Dogs suffer from diseases and abnormalities. 
Commercial breeding has the same negative impact on the cat and dog population as puppy mills, backyard breeding and uncertified breeders. These breeders produce millions of babies every year and most of these dogs and cats end up in the shelter, where they are killed. NYC has a major problem with backyard breeders breeding pit pulls; a pit puppy in so cute then he is big and requires a lot of work. By the age of 6 months, many pit puppies end in up in the shelter to be killed. Banning all comercial breeders will help homeless animals have a greater chance at finding a home.

As a taxpayer and an animal lover asking you: why should I pay money to kill innocent animals just for cruel people to make money? It's just not right and not ethical.

We request that you make spaying and neutering of dogs and cats required nationwide, and should be provided free by local shelters.

It costs U.S. taxpayers an estimated $2 billion each year to round up, house, kill, and dispose of homeless animals. (USA Today)

Overpopulation of dogs and cats is a huge problem and needs an immediate solution. Millions of animals are taken to shelters each year and money provided by our taxes is spent to house and feed them for a few days, and then more than likely to kill them and dispose of their bodies.  We can help stop the problem before it happens by making pet owners take responsibility by ensuring their pets are spayed and neutered.

You may wonder how a shelter can afford to spay and neuter animals for free.  Instead of using the money to kill these animals, the money can be used to spay and neuter them—the cost is almost the same.

Each day 10,000 humans are born in the U.S. and each day 70,000 puppies and kittens are born. As long as these birth rates continue, there will never be enough homes for all the animals. In six years one unspayed female and her offspring can reproduce 67,000 dogs. Dogs and cats are overpopulated with no place to go. Spaying and neutering will cause fewer animals to enter the shelter and experience less suffering.

We request all breeding of dogs and cats to be strictly regulated. Only people who are certified breeders may sell dogs. This is to protect the adult dogs and puppies from any abuse, neglect, over breeding and health problems. 

Please help stop the suffering!! Please save our dogs and cats from such cruelty and abuse. 

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