Posted by: secondchancehumanesociety | February 4, 2009

Take Action Against Puppy Mills

Sam is Looking for Valentine Love

Hi my name is Sam.  About a year ago (yes, I have been waiting for my new forever family for quite some time…) I wrote about an issue of great concern to me and my friends at Second Chance, a puppy mill in Olathe, CO found to be breeding puppies amidst rather horrific conditions.  It was shocking news to the communities of this region and myself  in that it brought the realities of puppy mills closer to home, allowing us all to realize that the issue is a growing one, not a diminishing one.

Following up recently on the Olathe puppy mill I learned that despite clear evidence of very inhumane conditions and lack of appropriate care for the dogs and pups, and despite charges being filed (and not for the first time!!), the owner was merely admonished (again!!) with some fines and allowed to continue operations.  The latest news is that this puppy mill has since re-located to the mid-west as the “bad press” negatively impacted business.

As a result of this very disappointing outcome, Citizens for Animal Welfare and Shelter (CAWS), a group of compassionate animal rescue volunteers based in the Crawford/Delta area, initiated a legislative bill that they hope will be passed by our State legislators. 

The “puppy mill bill” (H.B. 1172) has officially been introduced into the Colorado state legislature and Second Chance Humane Society is encouraging all Pet Column readers  take action to help get the bill approved.  The bill limits the number of adult, un-spayed/neutered dogs a breeder can maintain, mandates annual veterinary exams, and prohibits individuals convicted of animal cruelty of obtaining a breeder license. 

As described by the Humane Society of the United States, “Puppy mills are breeding facilities that mass-produce puppies for sale in pet stores, over the Internet, and directly to the public. Dogs are stacked in filthy wire cages, often with no veterinary care or human interaction, and they are treated not like pets but like a cash crop. Mother dogs are constantly bred and kept in continual confinement. They are destroyed or discarded when they can no longer churn out puppies.”

Unfortunately, the reality of this bill is that, even if passed, it is only scratching the surface.  Although the bill addresses positive measures towards creating more humane breeding environments for dogs, it fails to address other important issues such as the pre-mature ages that dogs are bred, how often they are bred, and specific conditions under which they live.  These and other critical humane issues still need reform to truly eliminate the “puppy mill” environment.  However, the passing of H.B. 1172 will be a great start in creating a more humane world for our canine friends.

How you can help?  Please take a moment today to call Representative Scott Tipton at (303) 866-2955 to urge support for H.B. 1172 (he is involved with the committee considering this bill).   Additionally, you can attend Colorado Humane Lobby Day on Thursday, February 12th in Denver and join other animal advocates at the state capitol who are gathering to let lawmakers know that animals matter. 

Thanks for making a difference, and if you are looking for a fun loving and loveable companion for Valentine’s Day, and forever thereafter, I am your girl…

Call the Second Chance Helpline at 626-2273 to report a lost pet, learn about adopting a homeless pet, or about the SCHS Spay/Neuter Financial Assistance, Volunteer & Foster Care, or other Programs.  Visit our shelter pets online:  Questions for next week’s column can be sent to:  kelly@secondchancehumanesociety.orgPhoto by Real Life Photographs.



  1. I’m so glad Sam had a happy ending

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