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This is an on-going action alert. Mods: please make this a sticky.

There are hundreds of thousands of puppies bred across the United States every single day, and they need your help.

I grew up and still live in a place that is known for its Amish tourism industry - Lancaster County, PA. Unfortunately, the county is also known for having one of the highest concentration of puppy mills in the U.S..

PLEASE send a quick email to the PA legislators and Visitors' Bureau to let them know you will not be visiting the Amish countryside of Lancaster County until action is taken against puppy mills. Many of the family farms here make high profits off of puppy mills and tourism, and it's time we demand change for these animals.

Click here to send an e-mail. A sample e-mail and addresses are provided.

To learn more about puppy mills, please visit http://www.stoppuppymills.org and http://www.hsus.org/pets/issues_affe...lls/index.html.

Thank you for speaking out for those who cannot.
 

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Those poor dogs. I could never support one of those puppy mills. My dog Kibo came from the shelter. I would encourage anyone who wants a pet to go to the pound and get a mutt. Don't support abusive breeders by giving them your money.
 

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E-mail sent here as well.

I was at the mall last night and we were in a dog clothing store (cute but expensive!) and this couple was bringing in a puppy they just bought (we knew because they had a carboard box that said "i'm going home"). It was from Petland which, as far as I know, sells puppymill dogs. As they walked past me I said "hope you enjoy your puppymill dog" they acted like they didn't hear me but I said it loudly and I'm sure they heard me but ignored me. ::sigh::
 

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I sent the mail and forwarded the info to my husband and sent one too.

We found our dog Diego at an animal shelter. Adopting negelected dogs instead of buying them is one of the best things you can do for yourself and the dogs!

Thanks for reminding us how we can help the animals VJ!
 

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I got a response from one of the people the e-mail went to:

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Dear Amy,

Thank you for your comments and concerns regarding dog law enforcement

in Pennsylvania. Governor Rendell and Secretary Wolff have taken a

personal interest in this matter, and have asked me to reply to your

e-mailed letter on their behalf.

The Governor has recently proposed major changes to Pennsylvania's Dog

Law and regulations. He has hired additional staff to make sure current

and future laws are enforced, including myself and a prosecutor

dedicated to kennel law enforcement. Four kennel compliance specialists

will also be hired to as a special enforcement team to focus on larger

and non-compliant kennels. Members of the new Dog Law Advisory Board

will also be included in these initiatives as they progress. I attach a

copy of the Governor's press release to provide you with further

information on these initiatives.

Currently, the Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement in the PA Department of

Agriculture inspects all licensed kennels to ensure they are meeting the

standards mandated by state law and regulations, and also takes action

against kennels operating without a required license. As changes in the

statute and laws are made, the Bureau will continue to ensure that all

standards are met. The Dept. of Agriculture regulates and inspects PA

kennels - both large and small, breeding kennels as well as other types

like boarding kennels.

The Governor has a keen and long-standing interest, as a dog lover, in

improving the welfare of dogs in Pennsylvania - these initiatives are

focused on this goal. I have four dogs - they are my beloved

companions. I am delighted to be working with the Governor and Secretary

to implement these initiatives.

We appreciate your interest in this important subject. Thank you for

contacting the Governor and Secretary Wolff about this.

Sincerely,

Jessie L. Smith, Esquire

Special Deputy Secretary

Dog Law Enforcement

PA Dept. of Agriculture
The pdf file for the press release is too big to post on the forum.
 

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Wow, what a great response so far! I wasn't sure how many would read this thread and take action.

Thank you to all of you for taking the time to help these dogs! Thank you also for sharing some of your stories.
 

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I got a response from one of the people the e-mail went to:

The pdf file for the press release is too big to post on the forum.
Ugh.

The puppy mills are NOT being inspected and regulated as they say. (They wouldn't even exist if it were up to me.) There are pictures and footage of these places, and the conditions are horrible. Nothing is being done about it. Many people think it's because of the money that the Amish tourism industry brings in for PA - our state and local governments want to continue painting a pretty picture of our Amish communities instead of dealing with reality and exposing the puppy mills.

I'd be interested in seeing these "proposed changes" by the Governor.

ETA: I don't doubt that anyone also realized that was a stupid form letter; this rant is just directed towards the state, not anyone here.
 

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Puppy mills definitely suck. Not all breeders should be lumped with them, but those that are millers disgust me beyond words. My beloved Golden Retriever is a product of a puppy mill who was unable to sell him and didn't socialize him.
 

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Word.

Everytime I went to the mall this weekend, I was depressed to see how busy and popular the Pass Pets store was. All their puppies come from puppy mills, including the mixed breed dogs that they sell as designer breeds.
 

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E-mail sent here as well.

I was at the mall last night and we were in a dog clothing store (cute but expensive!) and this couple was bringing in a puppy they just bought (we knew because they had a carboard box that said "i'm going home"). It was from Petland which, as far as I know, sells puppymill dogs. As they walked past me I said "hope you enjoy your puppymill dog" they acted like they didn't hear me but I said it loudly and I'm sure they heard me but ignored me. ::sigh::
Making smart ass comments to strangers won't change their minds.
 

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Definitely- no reputable breeder would ever EVER sell a dog to a petstore for resale. ALL reputable breeders interview their buyers, and place dogs directly in homes with a return contract. Anyone who doesn't is either a backyard breeder/idiot who doesn't know any better, or a puppy mill trying to make a fast buck.
 

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I don't make comments to people who already bought the dog. I educate them kindly and give them information on where to get their next dog. I DO make comments to people who say they want to buy a petstore dog or a "designer breed"

There's no responsible way to buy a designer breed puppy, since NO good breeder would ever breed them. They are purely a product of the puppy mill and BYB industry.
 

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I was going to go to see the Amish with my family this break, but now I will convince them to do another, animal friendly trip.

Thanks for sharing this.
That's great, snownose. Thank you for suggesting another idea for your family.
 

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Please don't paint all Amish people with the same brush stroke as those few Amish families that run puppy mills or mistreat their animals.
I wasn't doing that. I just refuse to support them. And since they are losing business, the Amish people that are kind to their animals should pressure the others to do the same.
 
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