The Northglenn, CO City Council will hold a public hearing Monday, October 28 to discuss a potential ban on puppy mills in the city. The details of the proposal have yet to be released, but a ban on puppy mills would make it illegal for pet stores to sell puppies, kittens or baby rabbits (or “kits”) that come from “mill” sources. The public discussion by the City Council was recommended by the city attorney in May after a request was made by the Colorado Voters for Animals (CVA).
Colorado Voters for Animals claims that 90 percent of puppies and kittens sold in Colorado come from “factory” sources, a.k.a. “mills” where the female animals are repeatedly and forcibly impregnated for the sole purpose of producing more offspring. The female will remain in cramped quarters and may be literally raped with mechanical devices to inject semen and make her pregnant again shortly after each time she gives birth to another litter. Her babies are quickly taken from her and bottle fed while she is made pregnant again. This process is repeated until she dies. Death generally occurs prematurely for the females due to distress on her body and her emotions.
The process of “factory production” of puppies and kittens is similar to the processes used by meat companies, a process that has come under fire from animal rights groups and gained attention from the general public. Cows and pigs are kept in the same manner as mother dogs and cats in pet mills. The cages are known in the industry as gestation crates. The cow or sow spends her life in confinement, unable to turn around as she stands and lies in her own feces and she is forcibly impregnated with a semen-injection machine that is often referred to in vernacular vocabulary as a “rape rack”.
The Colorado legislature voted in 2008 to phase out gestation crates on meat farms by 2018. Three other states have also enacted bans, but puppy mills have so far failed to reach the public eye in most states. The state of Connecticut is considering a ban and the legislature may propose a bill as early as next year.
Northglenn’s puppy mill hearing is scheduled for 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers at 11701 Community Center Drive (lower-level entrance), Northglenn, Colo. 80233.