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Puppy Mill Awareness Meetup (Southeast Michigan) Message Board › Michigan: Puppy Protection Act

Michigan: Puppy Protection Act

Group Organizer
Clarkston, MI
Post #: 1,308

Meetup Members,

We still have lobbying momentum going from the Allegan Bust, Pet Station Arrest AND our big Lobby Day last week. With pressure mounting on our law makers to take action, we need to refine our focus and target two Senators that can move our bills forward.

Here is a list of what we ALL should be doing right now:

1. Become familiar with the Puppy Protection Act and Pet Lemon Law. Download the Fact Sheets. I also posted my presentation from Humane Lobby Day. Jot down a few talking points that you feel are important.

2. Sign the Pet Lemon Law Petition.


3. Call or email everyone you know in Livingston County. We need Senator Hune to schedule a hearing for SB 891, 892 Puppy Protection Act ASAP. He has always been a roadblock for any animal legislation, so it is important that he hears directly from his constituents.

Senator Joe Hune
Chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee
(517) 373-2420

Senator Hune’s 22nd State Senate District includes the counties of Livingston, Shiawassee and the southern part of Ingham County. Livingston County includes: Brighton, Cohoctah, Conway, Deerfield Township, Genoa Township, Green Oak Township, Hamburg Township, Handy Township, Hartland Township, Howell, Iosco Township, Marion Township, Oceola Township, Putnam Township, Tyrone Township, Unadilla Township, Fowlerville, Pinckney. The Ingham County portion includes: Bunkerhill Twp, Leslie city, Leslie Twp, Mason city, Stockbridge Twp and Vevay Twp.

4. If you live in Senator Hune’s district and did not meet with his office on Lobby Day, schedule a meeting in his district (locally) with the Senator himself. He may not be an animal advocate, but his constituents have companion animals would be upset if he did not support this legislation.

5. If you do not live in Senator Hune’s district, you can still send Senator Hune’s office a short email urging them to take action after the Allegan bust.


6. Call or email everyone you know in Monroe County and southern Washtenaw County. We need Senator Randy Richardville to schedule a hearing for the SB 574 Pet Lemon Law ASAP. Constituents should simply call or email his office at:

Randy Richardville
Senator Majority Leader
(517) 373-3543

Senator Richardville’s 17th State Senate District includes all of Monroe County, the southern part of Washtenaw County and part of Jackson County. The Washtenaw county portion includes: Bridgewater Twp, Lodi Twp, Manchester Twp, Milan city (part), Pittsfield Twp, Saline and York Twp. The Jackson county portion includes: Grass Lake Twp, Leoni Twp, Norvell Twp and Summit Twp. The Jackson county portion includes: Grass Lake Twp, Leoni Twp, Norvell Twp and Summit Twp.

7. If you live in Senator Richardville’s district and did not meet with his office on Lobby Day, schedule a meeting in his district (locally) with the Senator himself.

8. If you do not live in Senator Richardville’s district you can still send Richardville’s office a short email urging them to take action after the Pet Station owner’s arrest.

Thank you

Pam Sordyl

Group Organizer
Clarkston, MI
Post #: 1,327
Courtney Trotz-Sanders, mentions The Puppy Protection Act on WJR this weekend! We need Senator Joe Hune to schedule a hearing! Senator Hune were you listening to WJR? We need your help!

If you live in Livingston, Shiawassee or southern Ingham County make sure you give a quick call to Senator Hune and ask him to make companion animals a priority this year.
(517) 373-2420

Group Organizer
Clarkston, MI
Post #: 1,346
Puppy Protection Act Media Stories

5/16/12 Puppy Protection Act (WRJ)­

4/24/12 Michigan’s Puppy Protection Act Gaining Ground

4/16/12 Puppy Protection Act: Michigan Legislators Aim To Control Commercial Breeders, 'Puppy Mills'

4/15/12 Puppy protection act may have prevented Allegan cruelty case (MichiganRadio)

4/12/12 Puppy Protection Act could have saved over 350 dogs in Allegan County

2/17/12 News 10 at 6PM WILX (NBC) - Lansing, MI­

2/17/12 FOX-47 Morning News Rewind WSYM (FOX) - Lansing, MI­

2/17/12 MIRS/Gongwer – Puppy Protection Bills Pushed

2/16/12 6 News at Noon WLNS (CBS) - Lansing, MI­

2/16/12 Puppy Protection Act Calls for Puppy Mill Prevention (WLNS)­

2/11/12 Barnett Covers Budget, Bridge, Puppy Mills During Coffee Hour (Patch)

1/27/12 Support Michigan Puppy Protection
Group Organizer
Clarkston, MI
Post #: 1,361

Meetup Members,

Our lawmakers will soon be taking their summer break and all of our animal bills are still sitting on the shelf. Next week, we plan to remind them that we are patiently waiting. Join us Wednesday, June 13th at 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. on the balcony of the house chamber! RSVP Here!

We have 25 attendee confirmations, but I will surely be teary-eyed seeing over 50 dog advocates standing up for our voiceless friends.

Puppy Mill Awareness will be joined by Voiceless Mi, Ingham County Animal Control, Capital Area Humane Society, Animal Placement Bureau, and Annabelle’s Pet Station for an introduction to the Chairman of the House and all the representatives by Rep Eileen Kowall (White Lake-R).

We will have advocates in dog suits, invisible dogs on leashes (our clients) and be wearing our new retro-jersey t-shirts for a memorable visual.

Please join us for an afternoon of easy and effective lobbying!

If you can’t make it in person next week, quick phone calls are still needed. I have included each bill below with talking points and what you can do to help get them passed.

Also, we still have a chance to save thousands of dogs who are currently suffering in large-scale breeding facilities through the USDA. Comments are urgently needed on a proposed federal rule that would require puppy mills that sell over the Internet to be licensed and inspected under the Animal Welfare Act. Send an email or get more info

The Puppy Protection Act (puppy mill bills): HB 5230 and 5231, SB 891 and 892
Sponsors: Reps. Vicki Barnett and Wayne Schmidt, Sens. Steve Bieda and Rick Jones

Talking points:
• Enacts standards of care and a limit on the number of breeding dogs.
• Supported by Michigan Humane Society, Michigan Association of Animal Control Officers and the Michigan Veterinary Medical Association.
• May have prevented the recent Allegan County puppy mill/hoarding case, involving more than 350 dogs.

Action needed: Call Sen. Joe Hune, chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee, at 517-373-2420 to request a hearing on the bills. Also call Rep. Hugh Crawford, Chair of the House Regulatory Reform Committee (517) 373-0827 to request a hearing on the bills

The Pet Lemon Law: SB 574
Sponsor: Sen. Steve Bieda, co-sponsors: Sens. Tory Rocca, Rebekah Warren, Hoon-Yung Hopgood, Virgil Smith, Bert Johnson, Goeff Hansen and Michael Kowall

Talking points:
• Protects consumers who purchase sick pets.
• Brings puppy mill/pet store connection into spotlight.
• Includes requirement for disclosure by sellers.

Action needed: This bill is waiting for a vote on the Senate floor, so please call Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville at (517) 373-3543 to request a floor vote on the bill.

The Antifreeze Bittering Bill: SB 421
Sponsor: Sen. Steve Bieda, co-sponsors: Sens. Bert Johnson, Glenn Anderson, Rebekah Warren and Gretchen Whitmer

Talking points:
• Less than a teaspoon of antifreeze can be fatal.
• Would require addition of a bittering substance to render it unpalatable.
• 17 states have enacted similar statutes.

Action needed: The bill may be heard in the Senate Economic Development Committee soon, so if your senator is Mike Kowall (chair), Dave Hildenbrand, Mike Nofs, Judy Emmons, Goeff Hansen, Tupac Hunter or Virgil Smith, please ask them to vote “yes” on the bill. Find legislator’s numbers at­st.htm..

“Grant’s Bills” (gas chamber bills): SB 423 and 424
Sponsors: Sens. Steve Bieda and Rick Jones, co-sponsors: Sens. Tory Rocca, Michael Kowall, James Marleau, Jack Brandenburg, John Pappageorge and Glenn Anderson

Talking points:
• No Michigan shelter pet is safe until gassing is banned.
• There is no excuse to gas animals—a more humane and less expensive euthanasia method is readily available.
• 19 states — most recently, Alabama — have already banned this practice.

Action needed: Call Sen. Joe Hune, chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee, at 517-373-2420 to request a hearing on the bills. Sen. Hune has announced that he opposes these bills. However, he still has a duty to call a hearing on these bills. Please politely request he reconsider and give the bills a chance to be heard.

Animal Fighting Penalties: SB 356, 357 and 358

Talking points:
• SB 356, forfeiture of real property used in the commission of animal fighting.
• SB 357, property on which animal fighting is conducted is declared a nuisance.
• SB 358 adds animal fighting to list of crimes considered racketeering activity.

Action needed: Please contact House Speaker Jase Bolger at 517-373-1787 or to politely request a “third reading” (final vote) on these bills. Mention that animal fighting is a violent, organized criminal enterprise and these bills will provide invaluable tools for law enforcement to eradicate it from Michigan.
Group Organizer
Clarkston, MI
Post #: 1,362
Senator Joe Hune
P.O. Box 30036
Lansing, MI 48909-7536

June 6, 2012

Dear Senator Hune,

We are sending you this correspondence
directly from the battle field here in
Michigan. Fighting puppy factories
and protecting consumers is a big job
for concerned citizens.

Can you send reinforcements soon?

Passing The Puppy Protection Act
(SB 891 and 892) would give us an
advantage by enacting standards of
care and limits.

Our allies are increasing and include
the Michigan Humane Society, Michigan
Association of Animal Control Officers and
the Michigan Veterinary Medical Association.

Together we can help prevent bad breeders
from moving into our territories.

Looking forward to your response.

Puppy Mill Awareness of SE Michigan

Group Organizer
Clarkston, MI
Post #: 1,369

Meetup Members,

PMA was in the house! The House of Representatives
chamber that is! 17 members joined local Lansing shelters,
rescue groups, a wild life group (who happened to be
lobbying to save mute swans), the ASPCA and the HSUS
at the state capitol yesterday!

We filled the 3rd floor balcony with over 40 dog advocates,
including three dog suits!I am sure the representatives could
see our enthusiasm.

A group of us joined Leann and Kristin for meetings at their
representatives and sentors offices. We certainly made the
most of our trip to Lansing and everyone is learning how to
effectively lobby. We are hoping the Puppy Protection Act
will receive a hearing this fall.

Also, Channel 10 stopped by and the reps staffers said they
saw us waving on the House TV.

Our pictures turned out great. Check them out.­

Notice our t-shirts arrived just in time!

Representative Eileen Kowall (R-White Lake) gave us an

awesome introduction! Thanks Eileen.

“Mr. Chairman, I would like to introduce an organization
based in my district that is working tirelessly on behalf of dogs
throughout Michigan. Puppy Mill Awareness of Southeast
Michigan is a grassroots group that promotes responsible pet
adoption and is fighting here in Lansing and across our state
to protect dogs and puppies who are kept in horrifically cruel
conditions, just so they can be sold to make a quick buck by
irresponsible breeders. They are joined today by local area
shelters and animal welfare groups, including Ingham County
Animal Control and Shelter, the Capital Area Humane Society,
the Animal Placement Bureau, Annabelle’s Pet Station, H.E.A.R.T.
and Voiceless Michigan. I would ask my colleagues to please join
me in welcoming them to the
Michigan House of Representatives.”

Group Organizer
Clarkston, MI
Post #: 1,372

Awareness Group Looking to Protect Four-Legged Friends

By FOX 47 News
CREATED Jun. 14, 2012­

Several people were at the Capitol Wednesday, trying to help

protect our four-legged friends. The Puppy Mill Awareness Group

of Southeast Michigan, along with people from local animal shelters

and welfare groups, want lawmakers to pass the bills that would

make sure breeders are taking proper care of dogs and puppies.

"We want to let them know constituents care about the issue, and

we need better conditions and standards set for breeding facilities

here in Michigan," said Pam Sordyl of the Puppy Mill Awareness Group.

Organizers are also trying to draw attention to the Pet Lemon Law,

which would give people who buy sick or diseased animals from pet

shops or breeders recourse against the sellers.

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