Letter: Sign petition to put puppy mill bill on ballot

Published 10/18 by The Columbus Dispatch

While voters are divided on so many political issues, the treatment of dogs on puppy mills is not one of them. Statistically valid polling reveals that 4 of 5 Ohio voters support policy reforms to guarantee that dogs in commercial breeding kennels are protected from extreme weather, given clean food and water, and provided enough room that they can take more than a few steps before hitting the wall of their cage.

In the coming months, volunteers will be circulating petitions to place “The Ohio Puppy Mill Prevention Amendment” on the November 2018 ballot. Your signature will give the voters a chance to decide if Ohio will be off limits to puppy mills, or a refuge for those who would keep mother dogs in inhumane confinement conditions.

Puppy mills are notorious for producing sick puppies who are then sold for thousands of dollars in pet stores or through slick web sites that misrepresent the conditions the animals endure. Families then foot the bill to fix medical problems. Local shelters, the Humane Society of the U.S. and even Petland endorse the ballot measure. You can learn more at www.stopohiopuppymills.com.

Wayne Pacelle, President and CEO

The Humane Society of the United States

Read the original letter here.