Actually the current laws are inadequate to protect the quality of life of these animals in many kennels. State regulations which address the licensing of kennel operations may or may not include effective language as to standards of care. The USDA guidelines are not adequate. Just one of MANY examples!!!! These mills are given citations and time periods to correct. Meanwhile it is legal to stack up to 5 wire cages on top of each other, with up to 5 medium / small dogs per crate. They can be kept outdoors in temperatures close to freezing. This is all legal. I have personally participated in Puppy Mill rescues. While the breeders had violated no laws, had only received "warnings" we found dogs infested with heart worms, severe hip dysplasia, hernias, and so much more. We found PILES of dead dogs at more than location. Matted animals with eyes glued shut from lack of health care. Yet they were continually LEGALLY bred and puppies sold to brokers. It is truly disgusting. Take another look. You sound like you do care about the animals. Your education about what it takes to run a good facility would be of great help to animal rights organizations. I hope you get involved and at least take a look for yourself.I will vote No cause it is a stupid bill. My dad has a kennel that he takes very good care of the dogs he has in it. They already have laws that should be enforced by the government and police instead of adding more to it.
Stacy Farley, Lancaster, MO – Dogs smeared with feces, matted clumps as large as baseballs; mother dog had no water. In February 2014, USDA inspectors found five different types of violations at Farley’s kennel, including five dogs with only frozen water in their bowls and conditions so filthy that some of the dogs’“feet and legs have become soiled with feces and/or urine” from walking in feces-filled enclosures. The USDA had repeatedly warned Farley about the filthy conditions on previous visits, including a “strong and prominent ammonia [urine] odor” in the indoor kennel and accumulations of feces in some of the cages that made it difficult for the dogs to walk without stepping in it. In November 2013, a USDA inspector found one dog so badly matted that some of her mats were as large as baseballs, and noted “these mats were discolored brown possibly due to the fecal and urine accumulation in the enclosure.” The inspector also found a pregnant Maltese who had no water, and when given water at the inspector’s request, the dog “drank almost continuously for over a minute” as if she had not had water in a long time. On another occasion in July 2013, inspectors found a dead mouse floating in a dog’s water bowl and an “extreme insect and rodent problem” throughout the facility, among other problems. In August 2013, this dealer was given an official warning from the USDA for several of these repeated problems. USDA # 43-B-3663.