Animal advocates lobby state on pet shop breeders

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — The ASPCA is pushing a bill on Friday that would ban the sale of dogs bred in puppy mills located in Connecticut. News 8′s Kent Pierce has more.

Rescue dogs Maya and Pork Chop are lobbyists for today. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) wants to stop pet stores from selling puppies anymore. Debora Bresch was on a state task force investigating pet store puppies.

“And we determined the dogs were coming from puppy mills, essentially facilities that put the welfare of dogs below profit,” she said.

State Representative Brenda Kupchick bought a pet store puppy once.

“She had strange illnesses the vet had never heard of. Things had happened to this poor dog I never saw as well,” she said.

Pet stores are regulated by the state, but their dogs come from big out of state commercial breeders, the so-called puppy mills.

Commercial breeders are regulated by the Federal Department of Agriculture. However, the ASPCA says that even if breeders pass federal inspection, the dogs may still be kept in conditions we deem inhumane.

“They are legal under federal law, but they are not humane and not what consumers think dogs should be kept in,” said Bresch.

The ASPCA says that these conditions include cramped cages and questionable veterinary care. Physical and behavioral problems can stay with those dogs throughout their entire lives. That task force recommends a law banning any new pet stores from selling puppies and the ASPCA and others want to gradually ban puppy sales in existing stores.

“There are so many rescue dogs oh there and that’s why we support the phase out of the retail pet stores of bringing dogs from puppy mills,” said State Representative Auden Grogins, Bridgeport. 

These four-legged lobbyists can tell you about those rescue dogs, and you can adopt them too. 


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