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Failed standards spurs puppy mill problems in Michigan

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When a state fails to establish standards, rules and appropriate legislation it becomes a breeding ground for greedy and scheming people. Children and the elderly have always been easy targets but advocacy for these populations grow with awareness. Pets on the other hand do not have lobby groups, lawyers, or thumbs to Tweet a message about their pitiful situations. Only when photos and video comes out showing their overcrowded, stinking cages and matted and cruddy fur do the pleas of innocent eyes reach the public through the media.

Puppy mill rescue: 100 dogs living in deplorable conditions in Howell saved by Humane Society by Julie Banovic. "Jill Fritz, Michigan senior state director for the Humane Society, said the stench at this mill was overwhelming."

Local breeder named on Humane Society's list of 101 worst dog kennels, but county says it's in compliance by John Turk. "The report states that photographs taken at past county animal control inspections show dogs with patches of missing fur, dogs confined to small, rusty cages, dirty conditions and overcrowding."

Puppy mills are a “problem” when they are in another state but become a tragedy when it lands in our own backyards. Why this disgusting practice of backyard breeding takes place in Michigan is that we have not put our foot down firmly on the practice and prosecuted to the greatest extent possible those people that breed as well as those that indirectly support the manufacturing of pets. Michigan needs to make the state the most intimidating place for large scale breeders. We need the manpower to identify, monitor and clamp down on any breeding operation that is beyond set convention.

We cannot hold accountable organizations such as a humane society, local animal control or even grass root movements to solve our social illnesses. We are all responsible to a degree to educate others about responsible breeding practices, the plight of rescue pets, proper care of our own companions, teaching children about being safe and respectful around animals, identifying and prosecuting animal abuse, hording and the like. Now is the time we take responsibility for what is happening on our own block and demand proper support from the local, state and federal levels.

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