From: Gayle B. Goetzman-Stolpa
Dear Winona County Commissioners, I am voting to stop the permits authorizing the construction of several breeding facilities, known publicly as Puppy Mills. Once these huge breeding areas are approved or even monitored, whether they are chickens, pigs or dairy cattle with many non-compliances, they are rarely closed.
As a 10 year old farm girl, I understood the time, education and energy it takes to socialize a family animal. Many of us have known this joy. We know that more than one or two puppies can be a challenge. My mom bought a five-year-old, brown, terrier-mix male dog that we named Tony from a puppy mill that no longer liked him. We were told to keep him in a kennel cage because he was blind in one eye and going blind in the other. He was afraid to go out into the light because he was not used to it and was in danger of getting lost. When we held him he was scared and shaking. He shivered and shivered when we spoke to him but he never scolded or bit. Tony never became fully socialized. This dog had limited exercise and mental, physical and behavioral issues that lasted his entire short life. Now consider what bitches endure when their full value is the number of salable puppies they are compelled to produce in each cycle of their short life. Their only value is in the profit they produce for their owners.
Yes, animals are considered property by human laws, but in our hearts they are family. Populations must be limited to encourage appropriate human care.
I vote to limit mass production through puppy mills and factory farms. If you feel strong like me, you can leave your name and phone number on my answering machine, 507-454-3305.