STAFF REPORT • Special at www.AllOTSEGO.com
As the season changes from summer to fall, the Susquehanna Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is asking the public to help educate consumers and lobby for changes that will lead to the ‘fall’ possible puppy mills.
“September is National Puppy Mill Awareness Month, and there’s no better time to remind people that there are hundreds of thousands of dogs living in cruel and inhumane conditions across the States. United, including here in our own backyard, ”said the director of the SQSPCA. Director Stacie Haynes.
A year ago, knowing that there were several such businesses in and around Otsego County, the SQSPCA launched its “PAWS Before You Pay” initiative. PAWS stands for Puppy Mill Awareness With Shelters.
“It is important that consumers have the resources to determine whether they are buying from a responsible and reputable breeder or a puppy mill,” said Haynes. “The parents of those cute little puppies you watch online are most likely living in the dark in a tiny wire cage, with little human contact, receiving inadequate food, water, exercise and veterinary care. . “
The standards of care for licensed puppy mills are noticeably low and the U.S. Department of Agriculture is understaffed, making federal enforcement enforcement the best it can be, Haynes said.
To help raise awareness of these deplorable conditions and educate consumers until October 2, the SQSPCA is organizing a special “Fall of Puppy Mills” information event. Visitors to the shelter who learn about the PAWS Before You Pay initiative will receive a free PAWS Before You Pay sticker and a free pumpkin while supplies last. The pumpkins, a nod to fall and representative of the “Fall of Puppy Mills” message, are compliments of Middlefield Orchard.
“Come in and speak with our staff. We can provide information and resources on how to find a responsible dog breeder and how you can help stop puppy mills, ”said Haynes.
The SQSPCA is located at 5082-5088 State Route 28, south of Cooperstown. Hours of operation are noon to 5 p.m., Tuesday to Saturday.
Appointments to meet the animals are recommended, to avoid waiting times, but walk-ins are also welcome.
To see the animals available, to make a donation or for more information, visit www.sqspca.org.