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MUTTS Comic Raises Awareness of Missouri Puppy Mills

  • The MUTTS strip celebrated helping puppy mill dogs. Patrick McDonnell

With just over a week until Missouri citizens will vote on Proposition B to stop abuses at large-scale puppy mills, cartoonist Patrick McDonnell has featured a dog rescued from a Missouri puppy mill in Sunday’s MUTTS™ cartoon strip, which urges readers to take action to save puppy mill dogs. MUTTS will run a full week of strips on the puppy mill issue.
MUTTS is featured in more than 700 newspapers, including several in Missouri: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Columbia Daily Tribune, Jefferson City News-Tribune, Joplin Globe, St. Joseph News-Press, Poplar Bluff Daily American Republic, Park Hills Daily Journal, Monett Times, and Sedalia Democrat.
“Missouri is famously known as the ‘Show-Me’ state,” said McDonnell. “By voting YES! on Prop B, and encouraging their friends and family to do the same, my Missouri readers can show the world that the way we treat our animals matters. This expression of kindness will go a long way to making the cruel puppy mill industry a thing of the past.”
“Patrick McDonnell has delighted millions of readers worldwide with the simple messages of common-sense wisdom, compassion and understanding that Earl and Mooch share with each other and with the other animal and human characters that inhabit the world of MUTTS,” said Barbara Schmitz, campaign manager for Missourians for the Protection of Dogs/ YES! on Prop B. “The YES! on Prop B campaign is delighted that McDonnell is reminding his Missouri audience that they can show that same kind of compassion through the ballot box.”
Since the strip’s launch in 1994, McDonnell has devoted several MUTTS strips each year to animal welfare issues, especially the adoption of pets from animal shelters. An avid advocate for all animals, McDonnell also serves as a board member of The Humane Society of the United States and in his strip has addressed the issues of seal slaughter in Canada, whale hunting and saving endangered tigers.
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 from across the state; animal welfare charities and organizations, including the Humane Society of Missouri, the Missouri Alliance for Animal Legislation, 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, Jack Danforth and Linda Bond; as well as responsible dog breeders, elected officials, religious leaders and Missouri businesses.

To view the strip, please click here.


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


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