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PRESS RELEASE: Michigan Dogs and their People to Protest Puppy Mills with a “Pups Parade” at the Capitol

From: Pam
Sent on: Tuesday, September 18, 2012 11:53 AM


Michigan Dogs and their People to Protest Puppy
Mills with a “Pups Parade” at the Capitol

Puppy Mill Awareness Day in Lansing will support
legislation to protect dogs in large-scale breeding facilities

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 18, 2012

CONTACT: Pam Sordyl, (734)[masked] or [address removed]

LANSING, Mich. – Puppy Mill Awareness of Southeast Michigan is
hosting a “Pups Parade” to promote legislation to enact standards
for large-scale dog breeding facilities in Michigan. The parade will
be at the Michigan Capitol Building, 100 North Capitol Avenue in
Lansing, on Tuesday, September 25th from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

“Michiganders care about dogs and want to prevent puppy mills from
coming to our state,” said Pam Sordyl, founder of Puppy Mill Awareness
of Southeast Michigan. “We’ve all seen how easily large-scale breeding
can spiral out of control, like the recent case in Allegan County.” In April
of 2012, Allegan County officials removed more than 350 small dogs living
in deplorable conditions from a breeding facility in Cheshire Township.

Dogs and dog advocates will conduct a sidewalk parade at the Michigan
State Capitol and will ask lawmakers to pass two important pieces of
humane legislation: The Pet Lemon Law (SB 574) to protect families
who purchase sick animals from breeders or pet stores, and the Puppy
Protection Act (HB 5230 and 5231, SB 891 and 892) to help prevent
puppy mills from establishing themselves in Michigan.

The “Pups Parade” will kick off at 1:30 p.m. and will circle the Capitol
square. At 2:30 pm, guest speakers will address the public, including
Michigan Humane Society’s Linda Reider, Ingham County Animal Control
director Jamie McAloon-Lampman, Representatives Vicki Barnett and Joan
Bauer, author Marcia Fishman and her puppy mill survivor dog Rudolph,
and Puppy Mill Awareness founder Pam Sordyl.

“We have no tolerance for animals suffering in large-scale kennels in
Ingham County,” said Jamie McAloon-Lampman, director of Ingham County
Animal Control. “We invite the public to visit their local shelters and save
a life instead.”

Organizations and businesses co-hosting the event include Capital Area
Humane Society, Ingham County Animal Control & Shelter, Helping Eaton
Animal Resource Team (H.E.A.R.T.), Annabelle’s Pet Station, Animal Placement
Bureau, and Voiceless-MI.

For more parade information, visit

Puppy Mill Awareness of Southeast Michigan is working to build awareness
toward ending mass production of dogs in “puppy mills.” The group’s public
education campaign teaches the public about the origins of pet store puppies
and lobbies for stronger laws and regulations for animal breeding. Learn more at


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