- Sufficient food and clean water
- Necessary veterinary care (at least one visit per year)
- Sufficient housing, including protection from the elements
- Sufficient space to turn and stretch freely, lie down and fully extend his or her limbs
- Regular Exercise
- Adequate rest between breeding cycles
Having worked for the last five years in an animal shelter in Kansas City, I have seen the results of the over 3,000 puppy mills, both licensed and unlicensed, found in Missouri. I have held the dogs who are missing limbs, who have teeth rotting out of their mouths, who are so matted you don't know their sex until after they have been groomed, who are infested with fleas and ticks and intestinal parasites, who have brucellosis and mastitis, who are terrified to walk on the grass because they never have before and who need calm, caring homes because they have never known human interaction and love.
I have also held the dogs we couldn't save. The dogs I, and many others, had to euthanize. The dogs who were so far gone that no amount of medical or behavioral help could undue the years of damage inflicted upon them by the people who only viewed them as a way to make money. These dogs all started out like the dogs lying at you feet or sleeping in your bed or giving you years of endless joy and unconditional love. We have the right, the opportunity and the duty to stand up and say no more.
In November, we have the responsibility to pass Proposition B. It is time for all of us to stand together to let the operators of puppy mills know they are no longer welcome in Missouri, that Missouri no longer wants to be known as the puppy mill capital of the world and that we will no longer stand for this abuse.
Please visit http://www.yesonpropb.com/ to find out what you can do to help!