LANSING, Mich. – Puppy Mill Awareness of Southeast Michigan is hosting a “Pups Parade” to promote legislation to enact standards for large-scale dog breeding facilities in Michigan. The parade will be at the Michigan Capitol Building, 100 North Capitol Avenue in Lansing, on Tuesday, September 25th from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
“Michiganders care about dogs and want to prevent puppy mills from coming to our state,” said Pam Sordyl, founder of Puppy Mill Awareness of Southeast Michigan. “We’ve all seen how easily large-scale breeding can spiral out of control, like the recent case in Allegan County.” In April of 2012, Allegan County officials removed more than 350 small dogs living in deplorable conditions from a breeding facility in Cheshire Township.
Dogs and dog advocates will conduct a sidewalk parade at the Michigan State Capitol and will ask lawmakers to pass two important pieces of humane legislation: The Pet Lemon Law (SB 574) to protect families who purchase sick animals from breeders or pet stores, and the Puppy Protection Act (HB 5230 and 5231, SB 891 and 892) to help prevent puppy mills from establishing themselves in Michigan.
The “Pups Parade” will kick off at 1:30 p.m. and will circle the Capitol square. At 2:30 pm, guest speakers will address the public, including Michigan Humane Society’s Linda Reider, Ingham County Animal Control director Jamie McAloon-Lampman, Representatives Vicki Barnett and Joan Bauer, author Marcia Fishman and her puppy mill survivor dog Rudolph, and Puppy Mill Awareness founder Pam Sordyl.
“We have no tolerance for animals suffering in large-scale kennels in Ingham County,” said Jamie McAloon-Lampman, director of Ingham County Animal Control. “We invite the public to visit their local shelters and save a life instead.”
Organizations and businesses co-hosting the event include Capital Area Humane Society, Ingham County Animal Control & Shelter, Helping Eaton Animal Resource Team (H.E.A.R.T.), Annabelle’s Pet Station, Animal Placement Bureau, and Voiceless-MI.
For more info, visit http://michiganpuppymills.yolasite.com/pupsparade.php
The auctions are large-scale events in which breeders sell and buy dogs in large quantities. The conditions in which the dogs are kept are no better than those in puppy mills.
In recent years, Ohio has attracted puppy mill operators from across the nation because of the lax laws and regulations concerning the practice of dog auctions. Thousands of unscrupulous mass breeders sell hundreds of dogs like livestock and most of the time the dogs are kept in inhumane conditions.
Breeders convicted of animal cruelty, like the infamous Kathy Jo Bauck of Minnesota and Lanzie "Junior" Horton of Virginia, often travel to Ohio to participate in these profitable large scale auctions. Questionable breeders almost immediately register the dogs with the American Kennel Club (AKC) even though the quality of the purebred dogs is often far from the ideal.
Another effort is also under way in Ohio to include the ban on dog auctions as part of a legislation that will regulate commercial dog breeders. Senate Bill 95 and House Bill 124 would set minimum standards of care for breeders, such as keeping up with basic hygiene and adequate veterinary care.
The push to ban dog auctions, a practice that supports puppy mills, is a welcomed step and will hopefully send a message to breeders that Ohio will no longer be a safe haven for irresponsible breeders. For more information, visit http://banohiodogauctions.com/
Publication/Event date: 2012-04-17
Publication name: CBS Los Angeles
URL for more info: http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2012/04/17/la-city-council-moves-forward-on-banning-pet-sales/
Summary: LOS ANGELES (CBS) — The L.A. City Council voted Tuesday in favor of banning stores from selling dogs, cats and rabbits that are not rescues in an effort to curb the city’s animal euthanasia rates.
Eleven members of the council approved the motion, which will be drafted by the City Attorney’s Office into an ordinance banning pet sales. Councilman Bill Rosendahl cast the dissenting vote. Continue reading the article…