The Humane Society of the US recently took part in yet another puppy mill raid, this time under a joint effort with the Walthall County Sheriff’s Office and the Humane Society of South Mississippi.
More than 100 dogs were found living in horrible conditions. The HSUS reports decomposing bodies of adult dogs and puppies were found. Charges are pending in the case.
Lydia Sattler, Mississippi state director for The HSUS was quoted as saying:
“I was sickened by what we found today. No animal should have to suffer in such atrocious conditions. We are thankful that the Walthall County Sheriff’s Office and the Humane Society of South Mississippi acted so quickly to address the situation and that we were able to assist with rescuing these animals.”
Tara High, the executive director of Humane Society of South Mississippi:
“These are some of the worst conditions that I’ve ever seen. To think that these animals have lived like this, it’s a testament to their fortitude that they could survive. We’re glad that we were able to respond to help these dogs as soon as possible. We are also thankful to our community for helping us adopt out animals so we could make the space for these needy dogs.”
AND in related news, protestors from Maine Citizens Against Puppy Mills lined up outside a pet store on February 23. The Scarborough Leader ran an article on Friday about the group’s effort. A quote from the store’s website was included, claiming over 8,000 breeders are regulated by the USDA. – Really? – Is this suppose to give customers some confidence?
We need to see the passage of the PUPS Act, to close the gaping loophole in the laws, and we need more effort poured into enforcement and regular inspections for all commercial breeding operations. Shutting down puppy mills and seriously regulating dog and cat breeding will save taxpayer funds in the long run. And it will help to save lives and end suffering.
Great news today. The Puppy Uniform Protection and Safety Act (The PUPS Act) was introduced Wednesday in the US Congress. And in equally good news, it is a bipartisan effort. The bill’s sponsors, as reported by the USA Today, are Sens. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and David Vitter, R-La., and Reps. Jim Gerlach, R-Pa., Sam Farr, D-Calif., Bill Young, R-Fla., and Lois Capps, D-Calif.
Online puppy sellers are slipping around USDA regulations and inspections, because the Animal Welfare Act became the law of the land before the Internet rolled around. So the USA Today story notes –
The PUPS Act will require all breeders who sell more than 50 dogs annually — whether through pet stores or online — to undergo inspections and meet U.S. Department of Agriculture standards for caring for the dogs.
This should be a sweep in both the House and Senate, but I can image a few uneducated elected officials voting with their special interests puppet masters and against this important legislation.
If passed, we need to see funding made available to the USDA for inspections and more enforcement.