Enforce Punishment for Animal Welfare Violations

Iowa Dog

Target: Tanya Espinosa, Department of Agriculture

Goal: Demand that punishments against animal-welfare violators are enforced

Inspections of dog breeders are often routine to ensure the conditions in which the dogs live are sanitary and safe. However, many dog breeders in Iowa continue to breed dogs even though they were cited for animal welfare violations. The United States Department of Agriculture allows the dog breeders time to make corrections to their facilities before any real enforcement is taken. In many of these cases, the dogs are forced to continue living in filthy and unsafe conditions.

The state of Iowa also has a law that states animal confiscation can happen only after legal proceedings. This means that the time dogs spend in these unsanitary conditions may be further prolonged due to investigations or court proceedings that may last for months. According to Bob Baker, the Executive Director of the Missouri Alliance for Animal Legislation, there is just no enforcement effort to put these people out of business.

Too often, dogs continue to suffer even though their breeders have been cited for criminal violations. If these violations are meant to protect the welfare of dogs, more action needs to be taken to remove them from these unsafe and unsanitary conditions instead of prolonging their time spent there. Sign this petition to demand increased enforcement of punishment against dog breeders in the state of Iowa.


Dear Ms. Espinosa,

It has come to my attention that some dog breeders continue to run their operations even though they have been cited for one or more violations. I understand that breeders do have the right to have time to correct these violations, however I believe that in these cases, it is the dogs who suffer the most when the breeders do not comply. If these violations were meant to protect the welfare of dogs, they should be taken away from the unsafe conditions they were forced to live in instead of having their time spent there prolonged.

I believe that actively enforcing punishments for those who violate animal welfare laws will create more responsibility within the dog breeding community and result in fewer dogs living in this horrific conditions. I urge you to take action to increase enforcement against dog breeders with animal welfare violations.


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