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2012 Highlights - Another great year of outreach!
Before we start talking about our plans for 2013 (and you are going to love them – very different strategies), lets recap 2012. Like most years we did A LOT of protesting with a focus on two new campaigns: Westland Dog Food Co and Utica Pet Supply. However, we are not only a protesting group -- we have become well trained citizen lobbyists. I am so proud of our efforts in Lansing. Meeting the House of Representatives, a big Lobby Day and Pups Parade were essential in gaining support from our legislatures for the Puppy Protection Act and Pet Lemon Law, as well as, capturing much needed media attention.
Total Protests held =122
New Members = 110
Number of Media Stories = 39, plus 38 Allegan Bust and 16 Pet Station Arrest
I made a list of our highlights. A photo collection has been posted to Facebook.
1. Westland Dog Food Co’s PUPPIES banners did come down! We completed 6 months of protesting every Saturday and more (January – June).
2. We reached thousands of families at the Plymouth Ice show with our fourth ice dog.
3. We held a press conference for the Puppy Protection Act which was reintroduced by the Michigan Humane Society in February.
4. Our campaign efforts in Elkhart County Indiana prevented a puppy miller from expanding and brought media attention to one of the Family Puppy’s biggest breeder – Devon Troyer.
5. The Family Puppy’s veterinarian quit, the store couldn’t find a new vet in Flint after our mini campaign notifying all the local vets, and their parvo outbreak was exposed in the media in March.
6. Humane Lobby Day a big success. Attendance 76!
7. Greenwood Pets was exposed after selling a potbellied pig named Chumlee in March. Potpollied pigs are illegal to own in Warren, as well as, many other animals they were selling.
8. Over 350 dogs rescued from puppy mill in Allegan County in April. Owners went to jail. (note: we were not involved in this bust, but did send volunteers to help at the shelter). The media attention was incredible. May people learned about puppy mills for the first time from all the tv coverage.
9. In April the Dearborn Height’s Pet Station owner was arrested, charged, and is now on probation for five years. Over 200 animals were seized. The store is still open under new owners who are primarily selling fish.
10. The Detroit Free Press ran a profile story on the front page.
11. From the balcony of the House of Representative we waved to our representatives after being introduced by Rep. Eileen Kowall in June.
12. Our first t-shirts!
13. FOX 2 News covered our cause at the Pet-A-Palooza in June.
14. The USDA proposed a new rule to regulate internet sellers in July.
15. We launched a new educational PMA website in August.
16. Our Pups Parade in Lansing was a huge success bringing together local shelters, rescue groups and some media attention.
17. The Michigan Rescue Certification program was launched in September. A new Rescue Code of Ethics developed.
18. The USDA started releasing photos and videos in October, exposing The Family Puppy and other area pet store’s breeders.
19. We road blocked Petland’s puppy auction at a local school in November.
20. We educated mall managers and staff through our invitation to go puppy friendly. Seventeen malls were asked to pledge not to sell puppies in November.
21. We exposed puppy stores that were promoting rescue dogs that were not really rescues. (The Family Puppy and Shaggy Dog)
22. The owners of Utica Pet Supply retire after 6 months of protests.
23. The owner of Greenwood Pets was ticketed, charged, arrested and is now facing the judge for animal abandonment and cruelty.
24. We held 74 hours of protest covering six locations over the holiday season.
25. The Family Puppy drops Marlin Bontrager, their largest supplier in October.
Thank you all for your continued support and keep spreading the word! Also, stay connected this year by following us on Facebook.
Founder of Puppy Mill Awareness of SE Michigan