Residents of Missouri are seeking to get a ballot initiative approved that would introduce restrictions on dog breeders to curtail any harsh or cruel treatment towards dogs in the state, reports USA Today
Supporters of the initiative are said to have collected close to 190,000 signatures to get the initiative on the ballot for the upcoming election. Election officials in Missouri have until August 3 to determine whether it qualifies to go on the ballot.
"We're tired of being known as the puppy mill capital of the country," campaign manager for Missourians for the Protection of Dogs, Barbara Schmitz, told the news source.
According her organization, Missouri is home to more than 3,000 high-volume breeding facilities, reports the source.
The goal of the initiative, known as the Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act, is to place restrictions on these large scale operations to ensure that the dogs are treated humanely.
One proposal would make it so that only 50 breeding dogs can be owned by one individual, and that the dogs have to be fed every day. They would also not be allowed to breed the dogs more than twice every 18 months. These rules would apply to anyone who owns at least 10 female dogs that they use for breeding.
One way to support animal welfare is to adopt dogs and cats from a local animal shelter, rather than a breeder or pet store. Mutts need good homes and loving families too!