A friend posted on Facebook how she encountered a woman with a box full of 6 American Pit Bull Terrier puppies at the Wal-Mart, shouting, “up to date on shots, starting pottie training, very friendly.”
She said she was heartbroken, wishing she could take them all home. She offered a phone number to the woman, asking she be contacted in case homes can’t be found. Perhaps she can assist.
Now this woman is certifiably kind, having adopted our old Examiner.com friend, Dewey (see prior articles on Dewey’s miraculous journey, from fostering with Suzi Stephenson Johnson to his forever home, with Dena and Dave.
So, she does her part.
But we know what happens to most puppies in a government-run shelter. Even if adopted quickly, there are traumas and habits that are hard to heal. And this breed doesn’t have many days for adoption.
But there is a fix: it’s called spay and neuter your pet.
Inside most pet supply stores, we always find ads and fliers announcing: “German Shepherd puppies. AKC certified. $250” and a place to pull off a tab.
I rip them down.
Such faceless advertising is a threat, esp for puppies. All too easy for them to end up as bait dogs in dog fighting rings.
But, recent federal legislation might help stop that. The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced a landmark rule to begin regulating online puppy mills.
See, a loophole in the federal Animal Welfare Act allowed the sale of puppies online virtually without any regulation. Dog breeders who sell to stores are regulated, but those who sell to the public are not, according to USDA information.
Naturally, many breeders transitioned to Internet sales to avoid federal oversight. That led to, according to the Humane Society of the United States, tens of thousands of dogs suffering in filthy, overcrowded cages for years on end. And there was no way to stop it.
Apparently, our legislative leaders love their dogs because the legislation had bipartisan support: Senators Dick Durbin (D-Ill) and David Vitter (R-LA) sponsored S. 395 and Reps. Jim Gerlach, R-Pa., Sam Farr, D-Calif., Bill Young, R-Fla., and Lois Capps, D-Calif., sponsored H.R. 847, called the PUPS Act, or Puppy Uniform Protection and Safety Act.
While every potential pet parent should see where their potential pet has come from and meet the breeder, puppy mills won’t disappear any time soon. Writes HSUS President & CEO Wayne Pacelle on his blog,
“This rule has the potential to allow federal inspectors to peer behind the closed doors of puppy mills and improve the lives of tens of thousands of animals.”
Follow the link to read Wayne’s blog.
Be sure to write and thank your legislator for their vote!