By Cari Meyers, founder of The Puppy Mill Project
In a blog post released on Tuesday, December 11, 2012, the President of the HSUS, Wayne Pacelle, reported on an undercover pet store investigation that was conducted in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. Well wouldn’t you know it—Chicago, we have a problem!
The Puppy Mill Project is filled with gratitude, and applauds the HSUS for supporting our efforts of the last three plus years. The Project has had many successes. I think back to Puppy Mill Awareness Day and the two hundred plus people filling Michigan Avenue who were cheered on by honking cars and buses passing by. Chicago is starting to pay attention.
The HSUS report is a shot in the arm for The Puppy Mill Project and for all advocates in Chicago. If the puppy mill industry continues to thrive, our shelters will remain at capacity, and helpless animals will suffer. Let’s hope this week’s media coverage of Chicago’s pet store problem is successful in opening the eyes of would-be pet store puppy buyers. On the days when I see first hand the horrors of puppy mill cruelty, I am most hopeful that one day this will end.
The Puppy Mill Project along with the HSUS, other animal welfare organizations, and active animal lovers all over the country (yourself included!), will make the difference that will lead to the changes in our laws.
Let us all work together and bring about a time when puppy mill cruelty ends.