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October 12, 2010

Jackson County Endorses Prop B to Prevent Puppy Mill Cruelty in Missouri

Missourians for the Protection of Dogs/YES! on Prop B – a coalition of individuals and animal welfare organizations supporting the statewide ballot measure to stop puppy mill cruelty – is pleased to announce that the Jackson County legislature today unanimously approved a resolution supporting passage of Proposition B. The resolution was submitted by County Legislator Dennis Waits.

Jackson County joins a long list of Prop B supporters that includes veterinarians and vet clinics, businesses, elected officials, animal protection groups and religious leaders from all across Missouri.

“Missouri is the center of the cruel puppy mill industry, with tens of thousands of dogs suffering in poor conditions across our state,” said Legislator Waits. “We can and must do better for man’s best friend. Proposition B would set common-sense standards to prevent this abuse.”

“We applaud Legislator Waits and the Jackson County legislature for endorsing Proposition B, the Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act, to crack down on cruelty at our state’s estimated 3,000 puppy mills,” said Barbara Schmitz, campaign manager for Missourians for the Protection of Dogs/ YES! on Prop B. “Voters can help improve the lives of countless dogs in Missouri puppy mills by voting ‘YES’ on Prop B on November 2.”

At puppy mills in Missouri, dogs are typically 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 would stop puppy mill abuses by establishing common-sense standards for the care of dogs.

Prop B would amend Missouri law to require large-scale dog breeding operations to provide each dog under their care with sufficient food, clean water, housing and space; necessary veterinary care; regular exercise and adequate rest between breeding cycles. The measure would also prohibit any breeder from having more than 50 breeding dogs for the purpose of selling their puppies as pets and create a misdemeanor crime of “puppy mill cruelty” for any violations.

Prop B is supported by Missouri veterinarians and veterinary clinics; 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), the Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF), Best Friends Animal Society and The Humane Society of the United States; prominent Missouri figures such as Tony La Russa and Linda Bond; as well as responsible dog breeders, elected officials, religious leaders and Missouri businesses. More information is available at YesOnPropB.com.

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

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