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WT Council Prohibit Puppy Stores in Washington Township from selling dogs from Puppy Mills

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The purpose of this petition is to convince Washington Township Council to pass the ordinance O13-2016 that  would only allows the retail sale of dogs as stated in the following paragraph:

"A retailer may offer for sale only those dogs that the retailer has obtained from:


(1) an animal control center, animal care facility, kennel, pound or training facility
operated by any subdivision of local, state or federal government; or
(2) a humane society or rescue organization.

The reasons for needing this veto is for immediate passage of this ordinance: 

Better than 99% of dogs sold in puppy stores are produced in commercial kennels know as puppy mills.  In these mass-production factories, dogs are forced to produce litter after litter of puppies, supplying nearly 100 percent of the dogs sold in pet stores and directly to consumers online and through newspaper ads.

Hundreds, sometimes thousands of dogs per facility live in overcrowded and unsanitary cages without sufficient food, water, grooming, socialization, or veterinary care and therefore they frequently suffer a multitude of social, emotional, and physical conditions, including genetic disorders and deformities.

In puppy mills, dogs are typically kept in small wire hutches inside sheds with no temperature control or outdoors with insufficient protection from harsh natural elements. They are exposed to extreme heat and cold as well as dangerously high levels of ammonia that arises from urine build-up. Uric acid soaks puppies lying on cage floors, burns their skin and paw pads, and causes respiratory distress.

The wire cage floors are meant to allow feces to drop through, but when cages are stacked, it falls onto the animals below. Feces often cakes cages so heavily it becomes the only solid surface on which they can stand. This is completely at odds with a dog’s natural instinct to live separately from their excrement but they desperately long to feel the security of solid ground beneath their feet.

Dogs in puppy mills are rarely, if ever, released from their cages to exercise or play.  Their imprisonment in cramped cages also causes the urine and feces buildup to severely mat the dogs’ fur. Frequently in a rescue situation, dogs are found so matted that their entire coat must be shaved off. Once shaved, dogs that had first appeared much larger are often revealed to be emaciated. In some cases, their matting and confinement are so extreme that their fur actually grows into the cage, pinning the dog in one spot.

Some dogs endure a process called “de-barking” – having portions their vocal chords painfully removed to reduce the noise of their incessant pleas for help and attention.

Dogs also endure injuries from their dilapidated enclosures. Unsanitary living conditions attract bugs and rodents and breed infectious disease. The sick and injured dogs are rarely, if ever, seen by a veterinarian so their conditions result in endless suffering and sometimes death. The health of a puppy mill dog is not even sustained by adequate food and water. If there is water at all, it is typically filthy and contaminated with algae growth, urine, and feces. Any food present is often infested with maggots and mold.

American puppy mills produce millions of puppies every year while millions of dogs that are put to death in shelters every year. When the breeding dogs’ bodies can no longer maintain a high level of productivity, they are destroyed. Puppy millers are no longer profiting from these animals, so they dispose of them in the cheapest way possible. They do it themselves, often on their property, by starving, drowning, shooting, beating, or burying the dogs alive.

The offspring of breeding dogs are expensive to keep and dollars are to be made, not spent, so puppies are taken from their nursing mothers as soon as they can be weaned, sometimes before. These puppies not only miss the critical social learning skills that are essential to healthy canine relationships but they have often inherited problematic medical conditions from their parents.

Due to these intolerable conditions, unsuspecting consumers are often buying sick puppies and will incur expensive veterinary bills trying to treat immediate health problems, such as parvovirus or genetic problems that reveal themselves years later. The worst case but not unheard of scenario is that the puppies do not survive long after being purchased.

PLEASE!!!! We need to be a voice for the voiceless. These are our companion animals!!!



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