Voters will take a stand when it comes to puppy mills: Letter to the Editor

Published 1/8 by cleveland.com

We applaud the couple Brunswick couple opens home to rescued Dobermans for taking in several neglected dogs into their home. We hear many stories of heartbreak and recovery from families who have been touched by caring for a former puppy mill dog.

Ohio has a massive puppy mill problem - second only to Missouri in number of federally licensed commercial breeding facilities. It's time we give a voice to the dogs that are used, abused, and discarded like trash by the hundreds of puppy mills operating in our state. Ohio puppy mills confine dogs in small wire cages, exposing them to extreme temperatures, denying them clean food and water, exercise, and even basic veterinary care. Ohio is also a major importer of puppy mill dogs.

Ohioans have been pleading for more protections for these dogs for years but the message has sadly fallen on deaf ears and current law is ineffective. Now, Stop Puppy Mills Ohio, a grassroots campaign working to ensure the humane treatment of dogs in commercial breeding facilities is giving voters the opportunity to take a stand. And voters are primed to say yes in November. A poll conducted by Lake Research Partners in April 2017 indicates an overwhelming majority of Ohio voters agree that mill dogs deserve better.

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Read the original letter here.