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  •  I have no doubts (3+ / 0-)
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    koosah, ban nock, Munchkn

    that it was horrific, and seeing animal cruelty affects me to the core. But the difficulty arises in defining "puppy mill" without preventing ethical breeders from having dogs. One needs to look carefully at the legislation to be sure that they distinguish between the two.

    •  such petty excuses (2+ / 0-)
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      Munchkn, vcmvo2

      every law pretty much has to draw lines.   Back when we had real legislatures that looked at policy and made decisions, that really wasn't a problem.

      Ethical breeders will be able to have dogs.   As many as they think they ought to have, maybe, maybe not.  More rules and inspections, probably, higher  fees for their breeder's licenses to pay for the inspections, etc., yes.  Without competition from unethical puppy mills, they should be able to command reasonable prices.

      But dogs starved to death because of genetic deformities which will prevent their sale,  bitches with serious injuries untreated, puppies with horrible genetics passed down, diseases such as parvo, where people buy a puppy, spend a fortune trying to save it and lose out all around, lost money, broken hearted over a pet, even if they only had it a few days, etc.  In areas with puppy mills the vets see all this, the local animal control sees it, and the citizens foot the bills of attempts at enforcement.

      The situation I worked on was tens of thousands in vet and boarding bills for close to 300 dogs, most in poor to nearly dead condition while the case worked its way through the system.    Volunteer organizations picked up the lion's share, vets gave discounted services, but the local government had fees and expenses and the trial.  

      Regulations make sense, limiting the size of operations, paying for inspection and enforcement,  all of these things would save the dogs, potential pet owners and the state a lot of money.  I'm tired of people who think they are free to hurt people and animals if it means they make a buck.

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