Help dogs in Texas puppy mills now!

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In 2011, The Texas Humane Legislation Network was instrumental in passing key puppy mill legislation thanks to your voice. The animals need your voice once again to ensure basic protections for thousands of dogs and cats confined and raised in these breeding facilities in Texas for most of their life.

--UPDATE-- The comment period discussed below has passed and TDLR is meeting on MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 26th, at 9:00am in Austin, to review feedback and vote on new rules! Please contact outreach@texashumanenetwork if you can attend!

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In 2011, The Texas Humane Legislation Network was instrumental in passing key puppy mill legislation thanks to your voice. The animals need your voice once again to ensure basic protections for thousands of dogs and cats confined and raised in these breeding facilities in Texas for most of their life. 

The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) is charged with adopting rules to "ensure the overall health, safety and well-being of each individual animal" in a licensed breeder facility. TDLR is currently conducting a review of the Licensed Breeders Rules and is accepting public comment. In 2011 during the last public comment phase and because of your voice, over 10,000 comments were documented! Since the passage of this crucial legislation, there have been hundreds of inspections performed and licenses issued showing the necessity of this program.

Please take a few minutes and urge TDLR to strengthen the following standards, which must be strengthened and don't go far enough, to meet their mandate of ensuring these animals well-being:

  • Animals should be prohibited from being kept in an outdoor facility when the temperature reaches more than 90 degrees or less than 50 degrees.
  • Current rules provide an insufficient space for a dog's comfort and barely allows enough room for the animal to turn around. The minimum space should be doubled and TDLR should adopt the increased size recommended by the Advisory Committee when the initial Rules were considered.
  • Dogs and cats should not be forced to stand or lie 24/7 on 100% wire or wire mesh for their entire lives. Among other problems, this can result in severe damage to their limbs, paws and is highly unsanitary.
  • Stacking of primary dog enclosures on top of one another jeopardizes the health and well-being of the dogs and should not be allowed. 

Thank you for your voice!

Texas Humane Legislation Network
http://www.thln.org/


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  • This cruelty must be stopped.
  • We are better than this. We can do better and we should do better for those without voices.
  • They deserve protection, please stop bending to the AKC and the greeders. It’s time to step up and protect the ones who cannot speak for themselves.
  • These animals have feelings and it is our responsibility as humans to ensure that ALL animals are treated humanely. They can’t speak for themselves so we must be their voices… NO LIVING CREATURE SHOULD BE PUT THROUGH THE CRUELTY AND NEGLECT THAT THEY SUFFER JUST SO BREEDERS CAN GAIN FINANCIALLY!!!! I believe until there are NO kill shelters in the US, breeding for financial gain should be prohibited. That would FORCE people to take a look at all of the hidden gems in animal shelters today.
  • Animals have feelings, deserve a healthy life and it’s up to the people to make a stand for them. They can’t speak for themselves. Please abolish puppy mills.
  • Texas is a hot place right? Please consider this in your decision. Animals are normally 2 degrees hotter than us. Put a coat on a stay outside and ask God to lead you in your decision. Thank you.
  • Puppy mills are feeding our huge shelter problems in this state.