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As America ushers in a new era of federal leadership, many state governments are also getting back to work—and at least one of them is making puppy mill reform a priority. Last Sunday, the ASPCA joined animal welfare advocates and Illinois lawmakers in Chicago to announce the arrival of Chloe’s Bill, legislation that will help stamp out the worst puppy mills in the Prairie State.
“Illinois has a unique opportunity to adopt one of the strongest commercial breeding laws in the country,” says Cori Menkin, ASPCA Senior Director of Legislative Initiatives. “As commercial breeding increases throughout the United States, particularly in the Midwest, it is reassuring that Illinois is recognizing the need for stronger laws before the prevalence of puppy mills becomes a blight on the state’s reputation.”
As currently written, Chloe’s Bill would:
* Limit to 20 the number of unaltered dogs a breeder may possess
* Ban anyone convicted of felony-level animal cruelty from acquiring a dog-breeding license
* Prohibit wire flooring in commercial breeding facilities and create guidelines for appropriate heating, cooling and ventilation
* Require pet stores and breeders to provide customers with a dog’s full medical history
* Establish penalties for violations, ranging from fines to animal seizure and license revocation
Sponsored by State Rep. John Fritchey and State Senator Dan Kotowski, Chloe’s Bill is named for a young cocker spaniel—rescued from a Macon County, IL, puppy mill—who was present at Sunday’s press conference. Now living with one of the animal control agents involved in the raid on her kennel, Chloe is the sole survivor from her litter. Like thousands of other commercial dog breeders in the U.S., the owners of Chloe’s kennel focused on producing as many puppies as possible with little regard for the physical and mental health of their animals. The dogs found at this puppy mill were matted with feces and urine, and infested with fleas and internal parasites. Many suffered from deformed paws from living their lives on wire-floored cages.
As Rep. Fritchey explained to the media, “We are not trying to do anything drastic; we’re not trying to do anything radical. We’re trying to implement standards for what is humane care, for what is decent care.” Fritchey added that although he expects the bill will encounter some opposition, any dog breeder who would oppose it is likely to be the type of breeder that should make consumers wary.
How can you help? It is animal lovers like you who bring about change. Even if you don’t live in Illinois, what happens in one state becomes easier to accomplish in others—so we need you in the fight. In the coming weeks, the ASPCA Advocacy Center will email our Illinois advocates, providing guidance on how they can join us in getting Chloe’s Bill passed. But wherever you live, don’t miss out on this or any other important legislative news from the ASPCA—please sign up to receive animal advocacy-related emails.
Super Tiny Teacup Puppy? Give me a damn break.
I'm so tired of "breeders" calling their puppies teacups just so they can stick a higher price tag on them. In this case, they've stuck on a REALLY high price tag. It makes me sick, breeders are supposed to breed in order to better the breed of dog, not to breed the smallest they can which risks the puppy having horrible life threatening health problems. Please be aware, there is no such thing as teacup and this is the only reason "breeders" call them this. If you buy a "teacup", you're basically just getting ripped off.
This poor pup will most likely end up with a celebrity or other idiot who will just use him as a fashion accessory. One of the main reasons I don't like most celebrities.
What do you think?
Here's an article I stumbled upon:
Pet thefts rise
It's really sad and really scary. I honestly fear for Lilly, especially where we live now. We're currently in the process of trying to find something else so we can move back to Glasgow or closer to my mom's. I've told a few people here that I have her but now I wish I hadn't. There isn't one day that I leave to do something and feel secure leaving Lilly at home by herself. We honestly try to hide her but I still don't think it's enough. I hate how sad this world is these days, it's really heartbreaking.
There are several people that have joined this community yet no updates or anything. You all are allowed to post about anything and everything animal/pet related and even ask questions.
Here are some pictures from this past weekend of Lilly (my Yorkie), Bitsy (my grandmother's Yorkie/Maltese mix) and Cocoa (my mom's huge ass cat).
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A Puppy Mill Puppy's Story
I don't remember much of the place where I was born. It was cramped and dark, and we were never played with by the Humans. I remember Mom and her soft fur, but she was often sick, and very thin. She had hardly any milk for me and my brothers and sisters. I remember many of them dying, and I missed them so.
I remember the day I was taken from Mom. I was so sad and scared, my milk teeth had only just come in, and I really should have been with Mom still, but she was so sick, and the Humans kept saying that they wanted their money and were sick of the "mess" that me and my sister made.
So we were crated up and taken to a strange place. Just the two of us. We huddled together and were scared, still no Human hands came to pet or love us. So many sights and sounds and smells! We are in a store where there are many different animals! Some that squawk! Some that meow! Some that peep! My sister and I are jammed into a small cage. I hear other puppies here. I see Humans look at me through the glass. I like the "little humans", the kids. They look so sweet, and fun, like they would play with me! All day we stay in the small cage, sometimes mean people will hit the glass and frighten us, every once in a while we are taken out to be held or shown to humans. Some are gentle, some hurt us, we always hear "Aw they are so cute! I want one!" but we never get to go with any of them.
My sister died last night, when the store was dark. I lay my head on her soft fur and felt the life leave her small thin body. I had heard them say she was sick, and that I should be sold at a "discount price" so that I would quickly leave the store. I think my soft whine was the only one that mourned for her as her body was taken out of the cage in the morning and dumped.
Today, a family came and bought me! Oh happy day! They are a nice family, they really, really wanted me! They had bought a dish and food and the little girl held me so tenderly in her arms. I love her so much! The mom and dad say what a sweet and good puppy I am! I am named Angel. I love to lick my new Humans! The family takes such good care of me, they are loving and tender and sweet. They gently teach me right and wrong, give me good food, and lots of love! I want only to please these wonderful people! I love the little girl and I enjoy running and playing with her.
Today I went to the veterinarian. It was a strange place and I was frightened. I got some shots, but my best friend the little girl held me softly and said it would be okay. So I relaxed. The vet must have said sad words to my beloved family, because they looked awfully sad. I heard Severe Hip Dysplasia, and something about my heart... I heard the vet say something about back yard breeders and my parents not being tested. I know not what any of that means, just that it hurts me to see my family so sad. But they still love me, and I still love them very much!
I am six months old now. Where most other puppies are robust and rowdy, it hurts me terribly just to move. The pain never lets up. It hurts to run and play with my beloved little girl, and I find it hard to breathe. I keep trying my best to be the strong pup I know I am supposed to be, but it is so hard. It breaks my heart to see the little girl so sad, and to hear the Mom and Dad talk about it might now be "the time." Several times I have went to that veterinarians place, and the news is never good. Always talk about Congenital Problems. I just want to feel the warm sunshine and run, and play and nuzzle with my family.
Last night was the worst. Pain has been my constant companion now, it hurts even to get up and get a drink. I try to get up but can only whine in pain. I am taken in the car one last time. Everyone is so sad, and I don't know why. Have I been bad? I try to be good and loving-what have I done wrong? Oh if only this pain would be gone! If only I could soothe the tears of the little girl. I reach out my muzzle to lick her hand, but can only whine in pain.
The veterinarian’s table is so cold. I am so frightened. The Humans all hug and love me.They cry into my soft fur. I can feel their love and sadness. I manage to lick softly their hands. Even the vet doesn't seem so scary today. He is gentle and I sense some kind of relief for my pain. The little girl holds me softly and I thank her, for giving me all her love. I feel a soft pinch in my foreleg. The pain is beginning to lift, I am beginning to feel a peace descend upon me. I can now softly lick her hand.
My vision is becoming dreamlike now, and I see my Mother and my brothers and sisters, in a far off green place. They tell me there is no pain there, only peace and happiness. I tell the family goodbye in the only way I know how-a soft wag of my tail and a nuzzle of my nose. I had hoped to spend many, many moons with them, but it was not meant to be. "You see," said the veterinarian, "Pet shop puppies do not come from ethical breeders." The pain ends now, and I know it will be many years until I see my beloved family again. If only things could have been different.
(This story may be published or reprinted in the hopes that it will stop unethical breeders and those who breed only for money and not for the betterment of the breed)
Copyright 1999 J. Ellis
I hope this opens up some people's eyes, don't support pet shops that sell animals in any way.
By John Hilliard
GateHouse News Service
Posted Jul 15, 2008 @ 01:11 PM
A local dog owner is heartbroken after her 3-pound Yorkshire terrier hanged itself on a leash after a "negligent" groomer left it alone to soak in a bathtub.
"I'm really disappointed in the whole thing, I'm saddened. ... He was like a child to me," said the dog's owner, Natick resident Irene Manoloules.
The owner of the grooming business says she will help cover the cost of replacing the dog, who died Saturday.
Lisa Boughton, owner of Groomingdales, said she has filed a claim with her insurance company and will help cover the cost of the 14-month-old Yorkshire terrier.
"She definitely will be getting something," said Boughton.
Manoloules' 3-pound Yorkie, Scrappy, was being trained as a therapy dog for nursing homes, Manoloules said. She brought her pet, along with a second dog, to be cared for at Groomingdales on Nicholas Road at 9 a.m., she said.
"He was a very cute little Yorkie" who won several prizes, said Manoloules.
Boughton said her 21-year-old assistant placed the terrier into a special bathtub to soak in shampoo. The assistant, she said, left the dog alone for a few minutes. She returned to find the terrier strangled by the leash meant to secure it from running away. The dog appeared to have leapt from the tub, Boughton said.
Boughton was dealing with customers at the time, and saw her assistant giving the dog CPR.
"I can honestly tell you that the young lady is scarred for life. She's at a therapist right now," said Boughton yesterday afternoon.
She said her assistant was negligent in leaving the dog alone. However, as the owner of the business, Boughton said she is responsible.
Manoloules came back for her dogs at 4:45 p.m., and was told one of her dogs was dead. Scrappy's body was taken to a veterinarian for an autopsy.
Manoloules said she notified the Animal Rescue League, which referred her to an attorney. She has not spoken directly to Boughton since Saturday and is waiting to hear whether Boughton's insurance carrier will pay for her pet's death.
"I was very upset about it. I cried, even the people at work are worried about me," said Manoloules.
Boughton said she had not heard from her insurance company as of early yesterday evening. Boughton has agreed to pay $75 to have the dog cremated.
Boughton said she believes the death won't hurt her business. Firing her assistant, she said, "wouldn't accomplish anything for me" because she needs the extra help.
"My customers will follow me anywhere ... we're very sought after," said Boughton, who said she managed Petco stores in Manhattan for six months.
Reached by phone yesterday, Boughton said she works seven-day weeks at the business she bought in May 2007. The workload injured her arm, plus she hurt her hip, which limits her physical activity, she said.
She said the workload and injuries, along with a limited personal life, has Boughton considering whether to move closer to family in South Florida. She said the potential move has nothing to do with the dog's death.
John Hilliard can be reached at 508-626-4449 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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