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September 13, 2010

St. Louis Mayor Slay and County Executive Dooley Endorse YES! on Prop B to Stop Puppy Mill Cruelty

ST. LOUIS — Missourians for the Protection of Dogs/YES! on Prop B, the group spearheading the Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act, is pleased to announce that St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay and St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley have endorsed the statewide ballot measure to provide more humane treatment of dogs and turn around Missouri’s reputation as the puppy mill capital of America. 

"By passing Prop B, we can ensure that the tens of thousands of dogs in Missouri's commercial breeding operations will receive the proper care and attention that man’s best friend deserves,” said Mayor Slay. 

County Executive Dooley adds, “I’m proud to voice my support for a measure that has energized more than 190,000 of my fellow Missourians to say it’s time we shed the dubious distinction of being the epicenter of the puppy mill industry.”

At puppy mills in Missouri, dogs are crammed into small and filthy cages, denied veterinary care, exposed to extremes of heat and cold, and given no exercise or human affection. These puppy mills are cruel and the way these dogs are treated is wrong. Prop B will stop puppy mill abuses by establishing common sense standards for the proper care of dogs.

“We are delighted to have the support of Mayor Slay and County Executive Dooley for the statewide effort to crack down on puppy mills here in Missouri,” said Barbara Schmitz, campaign manager for Missourians for the Protection of Dogs/YES! on Prop B. “The chief executives of our state’s largest city and county join a distinguished list of high-profile Missourians who are committed to promoting common-sense standards for humane treatment of dogs in commercial breeding facilities.” 

Prop B is supported by more than 100 Missouri veterinarians and veterinary clinics; more than 100 animal welfare charities and organizations, including the Humane Society of Missouri, the Missouri Alliance for Animal Legislation, Central Missouri Humane Society, Humane Society of Southwest Missouri, Wayside Waifs, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) and The Humane Society of the United States; prominent Missouri citizens such as Tony La Russa and Linda Bond; as well as responsible dog breeders, religious leaders and Missouri businesses.

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Paid for by Missourians for the Protection of Dogs / YES! on Prop B, Judy Peil, Treasurer

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