Thursday, July 2, 2009

Puppy mills in Iowa

Last Saturday, Carol Griglione, the IA Director of HSUS came to Fairfield and spoke to a group of us about current legislation for animals in the state. We also addressed some of our biggest issues here in Fairfield and what actions we can take to strengthen local laws on animal cruelty.

One thing Carol said was that Iowa was third in the country in regards to having the most number of puppy mills. I knew MO was first, but didn't realize Iowa was not much better.

There are some current puppy mill dogs at the Noah's Ark shelter and I visited them this morning. They are very sweet and beautiful. 2 have already been spoken for and will soon be in their new homes. That means the shelter will be able to rescue more of these dogs.

Another statistic I found interesting was regarding contacting our state politicians on pertinent issues. As little as receving 5 phone calls is significant to them and they take these calls seriously.

Keep those phone calls coming!!!

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At July 8, 2009 1:08 PM , OpenID oxashyox143 said...

Is there anyway you can give me more information about the puppy mills in Iowa? I think the dog i bought was from a puppy mill in Iowa because we cant find out any information about the Breeder and now my dog is going through a lot of heath problems and she is the sweetest dog on the planet.

At July 20, 2009 2:16 PM , Blogger Bev Allen said...


You could try contacting the IA HSUS. Their headquarters is in Des Moines. The local shelter is now taking some dogs from a puppy mill north of Fairfield, but I am not sure of the locations of the other ones.

Good luck!


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At August 29, 2009 10:37 AM , Blogger MarlaCharles said...

I did not know that Iowa was 3rd! I knew MO was very, very high on the list, but did not realize that Iowa was high as well.

It has only been the past several years that I have understood how awful the whole puppy mill thing is and also how common it is. It is sickening to see how many dogs are breed strictly for money. The puppy mills and back yard breeders are selling puppies before they are ready, they are not healthy, they are not socialized and it is sad how many of these puppies end up in shelters and rescues. The back yard breeders and such don't care, they made their money. Sad!

We just recently took in a maltese that was not fixed and was going to be sold. We have two dogs and did not really NEED another one, but the lady who wanted to buy her was overly concerned with her heat cycle, how many litters her mother had etc. She is a wonderful dog and I could not stand the thought of her being breed over and over.


At August 30, 2009 9:54 AM , Blogger Bev Allen said...

Hi MarlaCharles,

How wonderful that you took in the maltese. Her life was certainly changed the moment you stepped in. Sounds like you have a pretty busy household.

Apparently, it is difficult for some people to realize that even if they find homes for all the puppies (or kittens) they have bred, these animals have taken away homes that could have gone to homeless animals waiting in shelters and pounds.

At December 28, 2009 3:31 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

It'a a shame that your money goes to these people who pray on good breeders also I think haus will be put down with spay and neutered them(HAUS).
HAUS is spending money for things they should not be spending money on and I hope IRS puts a stop to you guys soon.LMFAS
You all are fooling good people LMFAS


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