Puppy Mills: From Iowa to Florida is a powerful and informative presentation about commercial breeding facilities, also known as puppy mills, which put profit before animal welfare. Dogs at these mills are kept in deplorable conditions often resulting in sick puppies being sold to unaware consumers. Florida is the second largest market for puppies bred in puppy mills, with hundreds of puppies being shipped to Florida annually.
Puppy Mills: From Iowa to Florida will also provide information about the agencies and current laws affecting this industry, as well as how the public can address this animal welfare and consumer protection issue. The SPCA Tampa Bay presentation will include an update on Florida’s Puppy Sellers’ Disclosure Bill which was introduced for the first time in 2013. Although it did not pass, there is a great deal of support for 2014. Many Florida pet stores obtain puppies from out of state puppy mills and
dupe consumers into thinking their puppy came from a local breeder. This bill would make disclosure a requirement and it would also prohibit the sale of dogs and cats at flea markets, roadsides and other outdoor locations.
Dale Bartlett from The Humane Society of the United States will also be a guest speaker.
The presentation will be conducted by Mary LaHay, President and Founder of Iowa Friends of Companion Animals. Iowa Friends of Companion Animals is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to research and education on the issue of puppy mills. Their efforts over the past five years have resulted in the reduction in the number of Iowa puppy mills from over 450 to fewer than 250. Its sister organization, Iowa Voters for Companion Animals, focuses on influencing legislation to improve Iowa animal welfare laws