‘Mutts’ comic strip characters helped pass a law to regulate dog breeders

One of neglected dogs removed from a Missouri breeder by authorities and The Humane Society of the United States / Photo: HSUS video

By Katerina Lorenzatos Makris

Some of the most powerful opponents of commercial dog breeders—nemeses fierce enough to help pass a law that would have mandated welfare standards for dogs used in “puppy mills”—those enemies apparently were, well… imaginary, according to the .

Creator Patrick McDonnell employed his imagination, in the form of characters Earl, Woofie and friends in his popular to speak up for Missouri’s Prop B, the Read the rest of this entry »


More than 5,500 dogs seized from Missouri breeders since start of ‘Operation Bark Alert’

Raid on a commercial dog breeder (not necessarily in Missouri) / Photo: HSUS video

By Katerina Lorenzatos Makris

The fact that the has confiscated thousands of dogs from neglectful commercial dog breeders in the past few years is proof that its oversight of the “highly regulated industry” is working, said a representative of the state’s farm bureau.

Kelly Smith, Marketing and Commodities Director of the , told attendees at last year’s Animal Agriculture Alliance Summit that animal activists who came to the state in 2010 to push for a law to control “puppy mills,” or large-scale commercial breeders, deliberately did not mention what he described as an already-existing successful system to ensure animal welfare.

According to the Missouri Department of Agriculture’s website, since the launch of in 2009, “more than 5,500 dogs have been rescued in Missouri [from unlicensed dog breeders].” Read the rest of this entry »


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