Tell the San Antonio Area Foundation Not to Fund Pro-Puppy Mill Group

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Tell the San Antonio Area Foundation Not to Fund Pro-Puppy Mill Group

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Brandon Bosworth started this petition to President/Chief Executive Officer Clarence R. Williams

Texas may very well become the puppy mill capital of the United States. There are already countless puppy mills in the Lone Star State. The Dallas Morning News reports, "Texas law officers say they have seen an increase in puppy mills, where hundreds of mistreated, diseased and malnourished breeding dogs have been found in cages." And according to investigative reporter Randy Wallace, "At least once every three months the SPCA raids a puppy mill in the Houston area." In 2009 alone, 3000 neglected, diseased, and dying animals were rescued from Texas puppy mills.

Laws regulating breeders are lax, and efforts to crack down on puppy mills have met resistance from a group calling itself the Responsible Pet Owners Alliance (RPOA). According to the Texas Humane Legislation Network, the RPOA "comprises pet breeders, pet dealers, retail sellers and related commercial interests, consistently fights animal protection legislation and proposed city ordinances that would implement spay/neuter programs or require even minimal standards on large-scale commercial breeding operations." The RPOA fought a 2007 anti-animal cruelty law, and have even fought laws against keeping dogs tethered for hours on end.

The San Antonio Area Foundation is a supporter of the RPOA. In 2009, they gave at least $5,000 to the organization. This sort of funding allows the RPOA to exist and to fight against laws to help make Texas a better place for animals. Rep. Senfronia Thompson, D-Houston, plans to offer up new anti-puppy mill legislation, and the RPOA is vowing to oppose it.

Don't let Texas become the next puppy mill capital. Tell the San Antonio Area Foundation not to fund the Responsible Pet Owners Alliance.

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