September is Puppy Mill Awareness Month

Did you know that September is Puppy Mill Awareness Month? ???

Why does Iowa continue to be a leading puppy mill state?

? Insufficient oversight, regulations, and enforcement have allowed Iowa to become a safe haven for bad actors who are not only mistreating dogs and puppies, but also endangering human health and allowing all dog breeders in Iowa to be deemed puppy mills.

? Iowa is home to more than 500 federally and state licensed commercial dog breeding and dealing facilities. Iowa, however, lacks state oversight; more than 250 federally licensed commercial dog breeding facilities are not regularly inspected by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS). This, along with the recent roll back of documentation, enforcement, and transparency by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has left the dogs and puppies within Iowa’s federally licensed commercial dog breeding and dealing facilities at risk.

? Recent zoonotic disease outbreaks have also highlighted the need for our Iowa legislators to take action. The recent canine brucellosis outbreak originated at a puppy mill in Knoxville, Iowa and an antibiotic resistant, multi-state campylobacter outbreak was investigated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and traced back to pet store puppies. Such disease outbreaks have confirmed the serious consequences of allowing puppy mills to flourish. Puppy mills are not only endangering the health of dogs and puppies, but human health as well.

? The Iowa Pet Alliance worked with Iowa legislators to introduce the Commercial Dog Breeding Bill (HF738) during the 2019 legislative session. This bill not only requires state oversight, but also improves standards of care and requires enforcement actions. Sponsored by Rep. Bobby Kaufmann (R-Wilton), HF738 garnered bipartisan support and made significant progress, particularly compared to previous years and as it was the first year such language was introduced.

? Join the Iowa Pet Alliance team today to be their voice and create an Iowa where Puppy Mill Awareness Month is no longer needed.