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Date: February 3, 2013, 5:23:30 PM
Subject: RMJfA- The Denver Post - Sunday, 2/3/2013 (letters/editor RE: puppy mills)
The Denver Post
Page 2D - Editorial page
STRENGTHENING COLORADO'S REGULATION OF PUPPY MILLS
RE: "Quit letting pet shops play 'pimp'," Jan. 27 Perspective article
I agree with Kristen Kidd's article concerning pet shops selling puppy-mill dogs. And I understand that, with wars, terrorism and marijuana, this is not a priority for the government. But government has to deal with the excess of animals, and that costs taxpayers money. Anyone can breed and sell dogs, but they are not responsible for the animal after selling it. What if breeders were required to take back unwanted pets? There is an oversupply of dogs in this country. It is easy for a person to acquire a dog, whether or not they have thought about the lifelong commitment it requires. If we could end the business of puppy mills, we could reduce the supply and make it more likely that every dog would have a home.
Gretchen Norton, Silverthorne
Most dogs sold in pet shops in Colorado come from USDA-licensed commercial breeding facilities (a.k.a. puppy mills). Buying dogs from pet stores only perpetuates the cycle of puppy mills, condemning the thousands of breeding dogs that live in cages and suffer inhumane treatment as prisoners of greed. Reputable breeders do not sell dogs in pet shops and check what homes their puppies are going to. Purebred puppies are available for adoption at shelters and from rescue groups. As it stands, in Colorado, animal shelters are already overcrowded and puppy-mill dogs add to this overpopulation. More than 10,000 dogs were euthanized in 2011 -- an unacceptable statistic for our dog-loving state. Colorado needs to address the issue and prohibit the sale of puppies in pet shops
Cheryl Saipel, Denver
The writer is president of Colorado Citizens for Canine Welfare.
So Colorado lawmakers voted against strengthening puppy-mill regulations in 2009 in part because they were concerned about pet stores losing business. The strongest reason to strengthen these regulations is an ethical one -- to end the terribly inhumane treatment of animals in puppy mills. But if the focus must be on the puppy business, then I think limiting the sale of puppies to those provided by shelters and rescue groups could actually be good for business. I, for one, will not do business with any pet store today that sells animals. So I buy my pet supplies from national retail pet stores instead of the local pet store in my area. Change the regulations and I will start doing business with that local store.
Linda Pohle, Denver
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