Letter to the Editor: On Puppy Mills and the Companies That Support Them | Opinion

What is the position of the general public in Colorado Springs on animal abuse and the businesses that indirectly support it? Of particular concern is what is happening to dogs in the context of puppy mills (i.e. large-scale commercial dog breeding facilities that prioritize profit over the welfare of dogs). puppies sold in Colorado pet stores (including right here in Colorado Springs) come from puppy mills out of state; many with a history of repeated animal welfare violations (which often go without penalty or corrective action).

Local pet stores that sell these puppies are still aware of the horrible conditions dogs are raised in – because they can get them cheaply, and the public largely ignores it – stores continue to source puppies from these puppies. dirty and inhumane facilities.

Currently, more than 370 municipalities nationwide have acted to ban the sale of puppies in retail pet stores (shutting down the inhumane pipeline locally). Following this example, efforts have been made locally (unsuccessfully to date) to both a) encourage local pet stores to adopt a humane business model that does not rely on exploiting our furry friends and b) ask the city council to ban the sale of puppies in pet stores. A state bill passed earlier this year that improves transparency in the industry, however, has done nothing to help stop the mistreatment of these dogs who suffer daily in these factories.

Where are you with the puppy mills and the companies that support them?

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Johnny lieberman
Colorado Sources

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