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October 11, 2010

Tony La Russa and Humane Society Veterinarian Featured in New Ads Urging Missourians to Vote YES! on Prop B to Stop Puppy Mill Cruelty

Missourians for the Protection of Dogs/YES! on Prop B, the committee supporting the statewide ballot measure to crack down on puppy mill cruelty, today launched its second week of TV and radio advertising, with new ads featuring Tony La Russa, manager of the St. Louis Cardinals and co-founder of the Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF), and Dr. Connie Medling, staff veterinarian for the Humane Society of Missouri.
 
Proposition 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.
 
“Thousands of dogs are crammed into small and filthy cages at these large-scale puppy mills,” said La Russa, a volunteer for the YES! on Prop B campaign. “No responsible pet owner would ever treat an animal like that. It’s cruel, it’s inhumane, and we need to change it.”
 
“I took an oath to protect animal welfare and relieve animal suffering,” said Dr. Medling, who has treated dogs rescued from large-scale puppy mills. “That’s why I support Proposition B, which will help stop puppy mill abuses by establishing common-sense standards for the care of dogs.”
 
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.
 
The ad featuring Tony LaRussa ad can be viewed here, and the one with Dr. Medling is available here.

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

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