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Getting involved to regulate Minnesota puppy mills – Dog #201 is my motivation

February 25, 2013 Leave a comment Go to comments

IMG_8860As many of you know, I am quite passionate about closing down puppy mills. Having three former mill dogs of my own has made me want to be more educated on this issue, and in turn, want to educate others.

Last Tuesday, I had the opportunity to attend a rally to support the Breeder Bill currently meandering through the Minnesota State Senate and House of Representatives. House File 84 and Senate File 36 are two versions of the bill that will eventually become one, if they pass through the various committees that are required to review it and pass it on (with or without amendments).

I’m not usually a person who actively goes out and seeks to engage my legislators on any issue. The last time I did so was in college, when I was an idealistic student and unafraid of challenging my elders on issues that were important to me. But this one issue has me more engaged than I ever thought I could be. This year we have a good chance to pass a bill, one that could make a difference for dogs like Daisy, Cupcake and Jasper.

I’m sick of seeing these breeding facilities get away with a slap on the wrist while their dogs sit in small cages, covered in their own feces, and suffering all kinds of abuses. Their vet care is nil and if they do get any care it’s usually by the breeder in the most cruel of circumstances. They would never consider IMG_8824taking a puppy to a vet to get their dew claws removed. No. They would simply do it themselves, pulling the out with a pair of pliers (as Daisy likely had done to her), or leave them to get caught in their wire cages, like the German Shepherd a woman I met at the rally has in her home. Her puppy mill rescue dog’s dew claws dragged on the ground and inhibited his ability to walk. Can you imagine? He came from a Minnesota breeder – WHO IS STILL IN BUSINESS.

Besides all of the stories I heard at the rally, there was one other thing that really struck me in the gut. A picture of the kenneling requirements  for a USDA-licensed breeder (BTW – USDA-licensed does not mean they are a responsible breeder). I thought I would include that picture for you to see. Even thought I wrote about this a couple of months ago (Puppy Mills: Do you know what size cage would your dog live in? I do), I think this picture may say so much more than I ever could.


My favorite requirement (sarcasm inferred) is the last one…

“If two or more dogs are housed together, no exercise plan is required. Up to twelve dogs can be housed in the same cage. Each dog must have the minimum of floor space. Interaction between two or more dogs is considered “positive physical contact” and no additional floor space or exercise plan is required.”

That must be how Daisy got all her scars  – all that “positive physical contact”. Lucky her.

This is how puppy mill dogs live, and in Minnesota, where 600-1200 dogs living in one breeding facility is more common than not, this is how dogs live every day without any laws to protect them. This has got to change.

It’s why I decided to get involved in something for once. It’s why I am so passionate about this issue. It’s why I will continue to call each and every committee member as the bill goes before them. The time for change is now.

And, if ever I get a the least bit queasy or nervous or afraid to call one more state legislator and ask them to support this bill I have a good reminder why I need to stay on track and see this through…

The tattoo in Daisy’s ear. She was dog #201 in her puppy mill. Need I say more?

Daisy's tattoo - She was dog #201

Daisy’s tattoo – She was dog #201

  1. February 25, 2013 at 10:44 PM

    Great post for a great cause – keep fighting the good fight!

    • Mel
      February 25, 2013 at 10:52 PM

      Thanks Will and Eko. I will keep fighting!

  2. To Shea
    February 26, 2013 at 6:51 AM

    If I wasnt working full time, I would join you Mel in this fight. It is so difficult for states to do ANYTHING good for dogs or any animals for that matter!
    The more people that would join our cause, the better… 🙂

    • Mel
      February 26, 2013 at 6:56 AM

      Thanks Alex, Trish and Peny. I would welcome your support. I wish more states would address this issue.

  3. February 26, 2013 at 7:10 AM

    It is so wonderful all that you are doing! Including rescuing your own dogs from puppy mills. The cage size requirements are pretty much a joke. This post clearly shows your passion for this issue. Keep up the good work. I will also share this on my FB page.

  4. February 26, 2013 at 3:55 PM

    Holy cow! Those cage “requirements” make me sick to my stomach and bring tears to my eyes! I will definitely be sharing this as a must read link on Friday.

  5. February 27, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    I hope your legislators hear your voices and draft laws with real teeth.

    Of you could always pair two of them up in a wire cage for some positive physical contact. (I didn’t just write that, did I?)

  6. February 28, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    They are lucky to have your voice to speak for them Mel, it’s amazing to me what they consider appropriate conditions for animals to live in.

    • Mel
      March 3, 2013 at 9:40 PM

      THank you Jodi. It’s amazing to me too.

  1. March 1, 2013 at 2:14 PM

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