Could Proposed Ordinance Help End Puppy Mills?
POSTED: Wednesday, September 22, 2010 - 5:27pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, October 5, 2010 - 7:56am
EL PASO - In about two weeks El Paso city leaders are expected to vote on banning cat and dog sales in pet stores. Pet store owners say that would put them out of business, but others praise the ban saying it'll put an end to puppy mills.
"They're never socialized with any human contact, they're rarely fed. They live in piles and piles of their own feces and urine, and these cages are stacked on top of each other so that it's running down from one kennel to another," pet advocate Barbara Valencia said.
Valencia supports the proposed city ordinance that would ban the sale of dogs and cats in pet stores. She says if you've ever bought a dog from a store, despite what the pet store may have told you, it likely came from a puppy mill.
"They say that their puppies come from U.S.D.A. licensed and regulated breeders. They don't follow up that sentence by stating that even the U.S.D.A. has stated that these licensed and regulated facilities are puppy mills."
Valencia showed us a U.S.D.A. inspection report on these so-called licensed and regulated breeders. You may agree, the pictures in the report are appalling.
There is a dog that was never treated for a bite and had its leg rot away, and another dog that is badly covered in ticks. A picture of a puppy kennel that turned into a pool of animal waste, and the floor of a kennel that looks like it hasn't been cleaned in weeks.
"Even through their own report as late as 2010, they do not have the man power or resources to inspect all the facilities and follow up with them," Valencia said.
Pet store owners in the Borderland have told us they're highly opposed to the proposed ordinance. They say it could put them out of business, but Valencia says if pet stores partnered with shelters to adopt out pets, it would lead to increased business.
The city council votes October 5th.