Thousands of dogs will soon enjoy a better life -- and they have you to thank.Missourians voted YES! on Prop B, and chose to save dogs suffering in Missouri puppy mills.
You made this victory happen. Whether you donated to keep our TV ads on the air, spent your nights phone banking for Prop B, hit the pavement with leaflets, gathered signatures from registered voters, or engaged your friends and family in Missouri -- you helped show millions of Missouri voters what Prop B would mean for dogs.
We are grateful to the citizens of Missouri for voting to crack down on puppy mill abuses and establish common-sense standards for the care of dogs at large scale facilities. Finally these creatures will have relief from being crammed into small and filthy cages, without veterinary care, exercise, or human affection. If we can do it here in the nation’s largest puppy mill state, we are more likely to see similar reforms enacted in other states, where the industry is not nearly as strong and entrenched.
Dogs should be treated like family pets, not like breeding machines or a cash crop. We look forward to working with commercial breeders to transition to more humane systems and setting a new high bar within this industry. Missouri lawmakers and state officials should heed this message from the people, and immediately step up enforcement efforts to crack down on inhumane breeding operations.
How dogs are treated is so important to all of us -- and even more important to the dogs who have been suffering every day in Missouri’s puppy mills. Together, we fought for a better life for puppy mill dogs, and together, we won.
Missourians for the Protection of Dogs / YES! on Prop B
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Pet Works Pet Store in La Mesa, California (San Diego County) has been selling sick puppies for over 16 years. The owner, Richard Fuller claims, “We only get our puppies from the most reputable USDA licensed breeders.” Yet CAPS has uncovered that he gets his puppies from Midwest puppy mills. In January of 2009, CAPS-sponsored protests began in front of the store every weekend to raise awareness in the community about the pet shop and puppy mill issue.
Our presence there had made a difference! The storeowner recently reported that he might soon need to close his doors! Also, with help from the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF), CAPS will be presenting an ordinance proposal to the city of La Mesa which, if passed, will insure that no store in La Mesa will ever again profit from the sale of puppy mill puppies while thousands of shelter dogs are put to their death each year in San Diego County.