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Please Help Stop 2 Puppy Mills from Being Built in Bloomfield and Clay Townships Indiana

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Please attend the county Board of Zoning Appeals meeting on August 15 at 7 p.m. in the LaGrange County Commissioners room at the LaGrange County Office Building (114 W. Michigan St., LaGrange) and speak out against puppy mills!


More than 5,500 animals have been euthanized in Fort Wayne, Indiana in just one year. Statistics show that seven dogs and cats are born for every one human, every single day. What people don't realize, is that most of these animals will end up being killed in shelters. PETA had already posted on their website urging people to get involved. I am only trying to spread PETA's word and my own belief...

Please hear my plea when I ask you to stand against the puppy mills in LaGrange County and Clay County.

There are more than 200 shelters and rescues over the entire state of Indiana, these dogs need homes. Animals deserve to be in a loving home with a family, and puppy mills reduce the adoption of a dog immensely. When this happens, dogs in shelters and rescues might not be adopted before being euthanized. 1.2 million dogs are euthanized every year from shelters and rescues. We already have enough dogs in the world, there is no reason not to adopt!

I stand firmly against puppy mills and I hope you do too. This country already has poorly regulated puppy mills, (unfortunately in Indiana) and these sick, under-socialized, and poorly bred puppies do not deserve these terrible things happening to them.

Commercial dog breeding facilities must be routinely checked and inspected for the health and safety of these animals. Puppy mills are unsanitary and these sick animals are denied veterinary care, food, water and adequate shelter. The conditions for these dogs are so awful, they have never ending suffering.

According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), a puppy mill can be defined as "a large-scale commercial dog breeding operation where profit is given priority over the well-being of the dogs." ASPCA believes "because puppy mills focus on profit, dogs are often bred with little regard for genetic quality. Puppy mill puppies are prone to congenital and hereditary conditions including heart disease and blood and respiratory disorders." In addition to that, because these puppies are removed from their littermates and mothers at a young age to be sold in pet stores, they have underlining issues with anxiety, fear and other behavioral issues.

Many sick and untreated dogs die in their wire floor cages that once made their paws and legs bloody.
Once the mother is no longer "profitable" she is killed in various ways. Most of the time the killing of a mother is inhuman to keep costs of euthanasia down.

Not only is it inhuman for these animals, but is it wrong of these big name companies to purchase and sell sick dogs for a profit to a family who thinks they'll have a long time companion. These families soon come to realize they just purchased a very sad ending. Fourty-eight percent of these animals have incubated an illness from a puppy mill before being purchased from a pet store. Please do not sign off on breeding more sick and mistreated puppies in Indiana.

Therefore, once again, I please urge you to stand against the new puppy mills that may be built in Clay and Lagrange county, Indiana. PETA: "Every puppy from a breeder robs a shelter puppy of a new home." Please keep these puppies safe, our state does not need to make a profit off of such horrifying acts of abuse and neglect.

Thank you so much for your time.

Please send polite comments to:

Bob Shanahan
LaGrange County Planning and Zoning Administrator

LaGrange County Commissioners

LaGrange County Council Members;


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