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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 are subject to regulation, their standards fall far short of ensuring a humane life for their animals. 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 Clark County Commission is considering an ordinance that would prohibit pet stores in unincorporated areas from selling commercially bred dogs and cats — unless they come from shelters or rescue groups. This is a huge step toward ending the cruelty of puppy and kitten mills and reducing the overpopulation contributing to unnecessary killing in local animal shelters. The commission will introduce the item at a public hearing on Tuesday, October 17 at 10:00am. If you are a Clark County resident, please take action to let your representatives know that it’s time for Clark County to join more than 200 U.S. communities that have enacted similar ordinances. Thank you for speaking up for animals. Together, we can Save Them All.
Dear [Decision Maker],
As a proud resident of Clark County, 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.
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