Category Archives: puppy mills

Ireland Sets the Bar

On January 1, 2012, 2 new laws – the Welfare of Greyhounds Act and Dogs Breeding Establishments Act – were introduced in Ireland to control puppy farming (ie. puppy mills).  For so long, Ireland was known as the Puppy Mill of Europe and  after years of animal welfare activists fighting legislators, the legislators finally listened.  These 2 new acts created new legislation specifically aimed at banning all puppy farms/mills.

With this new legislation, there are 3 key points:  1.) Veterinarians now have the right to inspect all breeding locations and immediately shut down any facility that does not meet the new strict standards  of care and environmental conditions.  2.) Just as in shelters,  all puppies are required to be microchipped so that history can be traced directly to the breeder.  3.) All breeders must be registered with their local authority.

Although this new legislation still allows commercial breeding, Continue reading


Victories in 2011 paving the way for 2012

From shutting down puppy mills to rescuing animals from disaster-stricken areas to creating stricter laws in animal protection, what cause did your donation help in fighting for a victory?  What petition did you sign that reached it’s goal?  In 2011, many of the worldwide organizations dedicated to caring, rescuing, and protecting all animals accomplished more than expected and thus paving the way for more victories in 2012.

Each year we (animal advocates) get closer and closer to the greater good and so we must continue fighting the good fight and be the voices for those who can’t speak.

Click on any of these org’s links for a recap of what you helped accomplish in 2011:

Humane Society of the U.S.


World Wildlife Fund

Care2 Petitions


Whether it be any of these organizations or your local shelter/rescue, please continue to donate what you are able to afford.  Even $10 goes a long way.

Thank you and Happy New Year!  Let’s accomplish more in 2012! 

The Shelter Pet Project

Pawsitive Change is a proud partner of The Shelter Pet Project and is now partnering up with PetSmart in the Austin neighborhood of Chicago. I will be there this Saturday March 27th 11am-2pm promoting pet adoptions! I hope to see you there!

The Pet Store Disclosure Bill – Illinois HB 5772

Attention all Illinois Residents:

The Pet Store Disclosure Bill will be voted on this week.  This disclosure law is vital for consumer protection – helping them to make informed decisions and learning more about where animals come from.  This important legislation will help combat the unethical puppy mill industry by mandating that pet stores post their breeder information on the cage so consumers can make informed decisions.  It will also list the health record and size of the facility as well as if the dog was in the hand of a dog broker or middleman.  Continue reading

Ever wonder about your state’s puppy mills laws?

If you are as passionate as I am about ending puppy mills but don’t know where your state stands on current laws, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has provided a detailed table by state and criteria.  Even if you just look for your state, take a moment to read where other states stand.

Updates on the Fight Against Puppy Mills

January 2010:

  • The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) suspended the license of Minnesota puppy mill owner, Kathy Bauck, for shipping thousands of sick dogs to local pet shops and several counts of animal cruelty.  The catch:  Although her license is suspended for 2years and her sentence was 90days, she only had to serve 20 days in jail (remaining 70 days only for parole violation) and can legally continue to sell dogs on the internet.
  • Mississippi puppy mill owner was convicted of 43 counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty.  Under his plea agreement, he paid a $1000 fine, shut down his kennels, and was banned from ever breeding dogs again. 
  • A federal court in Arizona orders racketeering lawsuit to proceed against Petland.  According to numerous investigations, Petland has been selling unhealthy puppies to consumers but advertising them as healthy and from ‘high-quality’ breeders.  Unfortunately, Petland’s main puppy supplier, puppy mill dog broker Hunte, Inc., was dismissed in the lawsuit.  The Court is only allowing the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) and several state law claims to proceed forward with the lawsuit. Continue reading

How much is that doggie in the window really worth?

Over 3 years ago, a family brought a 4-month old toy poodle mix to my parents’ animal hospital.  They had just recently bought him at a pet store and wanted to make sure that he had a full check-up with complete vaccinations, a typical routine for new dog owners.  Fortunately, he was given a clean bill of health despite his matted coat, which had to be shaved off to thoroughly check for any hidden skin ailments.  Afterwards as routine, my parents explained to the new owners the costs and responsibilities of owning a pet.   Although they walked away that day happy with a healthy puppy, they returned 2 weeks later because they realized that they had neither the funds nor the time to take care of him.  Just as quickly as they relinquished him, I rescued the little guy, now known as Stuart, before any transfer to a shelter.  He was just too sweet and little to be homeless….again.  Besides, I already had 2 senior dogs at home and they needed a puppy to boost their energy, which he did successfully every day.

Three months later when Stuart was 7-months old, he started vomiting and became suddenly lethargic, which was very unusual not only for him but also for a puppy.  At first, I thought he probably just ate something outside and had an upset stomach but my intuition was telling me something different.  Something just didn’t seem right about him.  I then immediately brought him into my parents’ office, where my dad ran tests and took an x-ray.  Although the tests came up normal, the x-ray raised a huge red flag.  There were half a dozen gas pockets all along Stuart’s intestines, which were an obvious sign of a blockage.  Just by both the x-ray and the look in Stuart’s eyes, my dad knew he had to move quickly and perform emergency exploratory surgery. Continue reading

Pet Overpopulation, Puppy Mills, Dog Fighting, Oh My!

Did you know…..

* Almost 4million homeless cats and dogs are put down in shelters in the U.S. each year. That’s 1 every 8 seconds.

* Thousands of buyers unknowingly support puppy mills and non-licensed breeders, who are more into making money than caring for animals and reducing pet overpopulation.

* Refusal of spaying or neutering your pet can add to the overpopulation of pets.

* AKC registered dogs are NOT guaranteed as healthy dogs. The AKC registered certificate just states that the dog had parents of the same breed HOWEVER these papers can very easily be falsified.

* “puppy mill rejects” (in other words, non-profitable puppies) are either put down or sold to research laboratories Continue reading