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Yes Minnesota, you can defeat puppy mills. Here’s how.


Daisy

For anyone who has rehabbed a puppy mill breeding dog, the experience is a life changing one. Not only do you learn a lot about yourself, but you learn a whole lot more about puppy mills and pet stores and the conditions in which your dog lived.

I was one of the lucky ones. Yes. Daisy was fearful when I first got her, so fearful she would go straight to the ground and cower when I approached, but she wasn’t sick and full of parasites like many other puppy mill dogs. I am sure the organization that rescued her took care of that before she came to me. But, for many pet owners who purchase a pet from a pet store, their puppy or kitty is not only full of parasites but also sick and genetically flawed in some way. Genetic disorders and illnesses like hip dysplasia, heart disease, epilepsy, eye problems, and respiratory disorders are just the tip of the iceberg for these puppies and kitties. Many new owners will also find that they have not only purchased sick dog, but a fearful one or one with behavioral issues.

This week I want to focus on creating more awareness about puppy mills and pet stores. I welcome your input, thoughts, experiences, etc., but more than anything I would like to ask for your voice. Why? Because we need the Dog and Cat Breeder Regulation Bill (S.F. 462/H.F. 702) to pass. I need you to help me (and the many other individuals and groups who have been working on this legislation) to make this bill become a law. Without your voice, nothing will change in Minnesota. Unsuspecting pet owners will continue to buy cats and dogs from pet stores and have their hearts broken when their furry friend dies, or requires serious medical care. Breeder dogs, like Daisy, will continue to suffer, having more and more puppies until they can no longer breed, only to be killed (likely shot) to make room for the next breeding female. Puppy millers will continue to operate with little chance of being held to the humane standards afforded many pets in other states.

So how can you help? Choose to do just TWO of the actions below.

1. SIGN the petition supporting dog and cat breeder regulation in Minnesota.

2. TWEET this post to your friends and family and ask them to sign the petition and contact their Minnesota state legislator.

3. SHARE this post with your friends and family on Facebook and ask them to sign the petition and contact their Minnesota state legislator.

4. ASK your veterinarian and his/her vet techs to sign the petition in support of this bill. Ask them to indicate they are a vet or vet tech in the last box on the petition. (You can also contact Cheryl@animalfolksmn.org and she will mail you the petition forms and literature on the bill.) 217 vets and vet techs have already signed the petition. Let’s double those numbers!

5. SHARE your own story about buying a cat or dog or rescuing a puppy mill dog. I welcome any and all of your stories here, whether inside Minnesota or out, but if from Minnesota please do share it on the AnimalFolksMN site. These will be used to show legislators why there is a need for a law to regulate puppy mills.

6. CONTACT your own Minnesota State Senator and Representative

To find out who represents you, go to: MN District Finder

This link is easy to use. Just type in your address and zip code. It will list who represents you based on where you live. Please contact your State legislators – your MN House Representative and your MN Senator. Click on their names and you will be linked to their phone number, email and address.

NOTE: In addition to the bills’ authors, some legislators have already expressed their support publicly by co-authoring the bills. To find out if your legislator is a co-author, go to: Authors and Co-Authors

7. CONTACT Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton

The bill must first pass through legislative committees and be voted on by the full House and Senate before it reaches the Governor to be signed into law. But we need the Governor to hear your voice now. Please contact Governor Mark Dayton and ask that he support S.F. 462/H.F. 702.

Governor Mark Dayton
Phone: 651-201-3400
Toll Free: 800-657-3717
Fax: 651-797-1850
Email contact form: http://mn.gov/governor/contact-us/form/
Governor Mark Dayton on Twitter
Governor Mark Dayton’s on Facebook.

WHAT TO WRITE:

If you call, you’ll most likely reach voicemail or speak with an aide or assistant. Just be yourself. Speak from the heart. Keep it short and respectful.

NOTE: S.F. 462 is the bill in the Senate. H.F. 702 is the bill in the House.

Example for Senator:
“My name is ________________ (full name). I am a constituent and I live in __________ (city). I’m calling about the problem of inhumane dog and cat breeding conditions in Minnesota and the need for regulation of commercial dog and cat breeders. I’m asking that my Senator ________________ (name) support S.F. 462, which will license, inspect and regulate commercial dog and cat breeders. This bill is authored by Senator Barb Goodwin. Thank you.”

Example for Representative:
“My name is ________________ (full name). I am a constituent and I live in __________ (city). I’m calling about the problem of inhumane dog and cat breeding conditions in Minnesota and the need for regulation of commercial dog and cat breeders. I’m asking that my Representative ________________ (name) support H.F. 702, which will license, inspect and regulate commercial dog and cat breeders. This bill is authored by Representative John Lesch. Thank you.

Example for Governor:
“My name is ________________ (full name). I am a Minnesota resident and I live in __________ (city). I’m calling about the problem of inhumane dog and cat breeding conditions in Minnesota and the need for regulation of commercial dog and cat breeders. I’m asking that Governor Mark Dayton support S.F. 462, authored by Senator Goodwin, and H.F. 702, authored by Representative Lesch. These bills will license, inspect and regulate commercial dog and cat breeders. Thank you.”

For more information on this bill go to AnimalFolksMN.

  1. March 11, 2012 at 10:34 PM | #1

    This make me so upset. Thank you for posting the petition.

    • Mel
      March 12, 2012 at 6:55 AM | #2

      I hope you will sign the petition too Lynda. Thank you!

  2. Jen
    March 11, 2012 at 10:44 PM | #3

    Great post! Thanks for the petition, and the details about the Governor!

  3. Linda Brown-Lindsoe
    March 12, 2012 at 7:23 AM | #5

    Petition signed Mel.

  4. Linda Brown-Lindsoe
    March 12, 2012 at 7:24 AM | #6

    Oh, and shared on FB :)

  5. Carrie
    March 12, 2012 at 9:32 AM | #7

    Is there a list of Puppy Mills in Minnesota somewhere?

    • Mel
      March 12, 2012 at 8:54 PM | #8

      I wish Carrie, but puppy mills have gotten very good at hiding themselves. Many now use the internet to avoid USDA inspections. I would guess that those involved in animal rescue know some of the major ones, like former miller Kathy Jo Bauck, but there are so many that they probably don’t know all of them. Changing the laws will requite them to register with the state and be inspected. This is how we will know some day.

  6. March 12, 2012 at 1:25 PM | #9

    Are there any pet stores which do not receive pets from puppy mills? Maybe another good thought would be to start a listing of these pet stores, kind of like a ‘certification,’ that no puppy mills are used to obtain their pets. It could start to put pressure on those stores which do.

    • Mel
      March 12, 2012 at 8:48 PM | #10

      Great question Petntek. The reality is that there are few if any. If you think about the number of dogs it takes to fill those pet shop windows, then you know a repurable breeder can’t possibly fill that demand. Not with the number of stores that are out there. There was a website that allowed people to share information on breeders and puppy mills in a way that allowed the consumers to educate themselves. I did a piece on it a while back. Unfortunately, it appears they have taken down their site. I’m not sure why. :(

      • Denice Ranallo-Kvale
        March 12, 2012 at 9:00 PM | #11

        I believe if you look under the National Humane Society, there is a place where you can click on your state, to see what pet stores do not carry puppies from puppy mills.

  7. March 12, 2012 at 2:17 PM | #12

    Of course I will help! Even if I don’t live in Minnesota, if the laws change there, I have hope they will change elsewhere. This is such a vital piece of legislation for everyone. Thank you so much for sharing the information.

    • Mel
      March 12, 2012 at 8:45 PM | #13

      Thaks Kristine! I so appreciate your help in spreading the word.

  8. Nancy
    March 12, 2012 at 4:57 PM | #14

    AND kitten mills – this bill covers dogs and cats. MN has some very inhumane cat breeders as well. Thanks for posting this information!

    • Mel
      March 12, 2012 at 8:44 PM | #15

      Thanks Nancy! I somehow managed to forget the kitties too!

  9. Denice Ranallo-Kvale
    March 12, 2012 at 6:47 PM | #16

    These innocent animals have no voice. We need to be there voice, and STOP these horrific conditions for these animals. I signed, and passed this on to others out there. Thank you for posting this!!!

    • Mel
      March 12, 2012 at 8:43 PM | #17

      Thank you Denice. I appreciate you spreading the word. Maybe this year will finally be the year.

  10. March 12, 2012 at 10:30 PM | #18

    Posted to facebook. Hope my two friends in Minnesota see it.

    You’re so awesome, you ought to go into politics.

    • Mel
      March 13, 2012 at 6:15 AM | #19

      Thank you Lori! Had to laugh at your last comment. I can hardly stand the politics at the office. There is NO WAY I would want to get into it professionally! But, thank you for thinking I could. :)

  11. Robin C
    March 13, 2012 at 7:23 PM | #20

    I’ve signed the petition. Just a thought though as I’ve watched the Iowa Rescues and Humane Societies struggle with new legislation causing puppy mills to close their doors and an influx of dogs needing their services – what are we doing to prepare for the same in Minnesota should the bill pass?

    • Mel
      March 14, 2012 at 6:26 AM | #21

      Thanks Robin. I would hope that the Wisconsin model might be used. The coalition did a lot of work and planning with rescue groups and shelters to plan for the number of dogs that would be hitting the system. I am sure that the coalition will do something similar too. You have to be able to prepare for it before it becomes law. This is the 7th year that this bill issue has been brought forward. There is no guarantee it will pass again this year, but I hope that legislators will take into consideration the fact that consumers and constituents end up paying the price in the long run – whether it be in shelter costs or medial costs for the puppy they bought from a pet store.

      Thank you so much for signing the peition!

  1. March 12, 2012 at 10:37 PM | #1

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