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UT: St. George residents, you can help stop the cruelty of puppy mills today.

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Puppy mills are a serious problem in the U.S. These facilities, which supply nearly all retail pet stores that sell animals, are cruel and inhumane factories where profit takes priority over the comfort and welfare of the animals.

Although these breeders may be regulated, their standards do not ensure a humane life for their animals. USDA inspection reports show that many of these facilities continue to sell animals to local pet stores even after being cited for serious violations of the Animal Welfare Act. Commercial breeders can legally have as many as a thousand dogs in one facility, where they are often confined in tiny, crowded cages for their entire lives.

Unsuspecting buyers of pet shop puppies often end up with a pet afflicted with serious communicable or congenital diseases, creating a financial and emotional burden on the customer and leading to many of these innocent animals being surrendered to our overcrowded, taxpayer-subsidized shelters.

Fortunately, the St. George City Council may be willing to enact an ordinance to prohibit pet stores from selling commercially bred dogs and cats — unless they come from shelters or rescue groups. This measure would help put an end to the suffering of dogs in puppy mills and would reduce overpopulation and unnecessary killing in local animal shelters.

If you are a St. George city resident, please take action (below) to let your representatives know that it’s time for St. George to join nearly 100 communities throughout the U.S. that have enacted similar ordinances. The council will only want to hear from constituents, so if you don't live in St. George, please don't take action here. 

Thank you for speaking up for animals. Together, we can Save Them All®.



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It's time for St. George to enact an ordinance to protect pets and consumers.

Dear [Decision Maker],

As a proud St. George resident, I respectfully urge you to enact an ordinance to restrict the retail sale of inhumanely bred companion animals in pet stores, many of whom end up in our overcrowded, taxpayer-subsidized shelters.

I urge you to support this important reform to protect pets, consumers and taxpayers in our city by enacting an ordinance to restrict the retail sale of companion animals in pet stores.

Thank you.