Target: Bill Gossage, Arkansas House Representative for District 82
Goal: End the abuse and neglect of dogs by profit-focused breeders.
Nearly 300 neglected and abused dogs were recently rescued from an alleged puppy mill in Madison County, Arkansas. The animals were in terrible condition, with some so ill that they could barely move. One pup had an open lesion on its eye while another was so malnourished it had lost use of its front legs. One poodle had its entire body covered in painful and filthy mats, while many dogs had nails so long that they were curled under and digging into their paws.
Conditions in the facility were shocking, according to Humane Society representatives involved in the rescue. The animals had no access to food or water. They were crammed into small sheds, some with ankle-deep pools of urine and feces covering the floors. Corpses of dead puppies were strewn about the property, one left for so long that it had become mummified.
In total, 295 animals were rescued. The woman allegedly in charge of the operation was charged with two counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty and was released without bail. If found guilty on both counts, she could receive a maximum punishment of only two years in jail.
Unfortunately, owners and operators of puppy mills in Arkansas generally get off with little to no punishment due to the state’s lack of anti-puppy mill statutes. The state is in the top 10 in America for puppy mills with 700 to 1000 of the barbaric facilities operating at any given time. Sign the petition below to demand that Arkansas introduce legislation against intensive dog breeding in filthy and unsafe environments.
Dear Rep. Gossage,
Nearly 300 animals were recently rescued from a breeding operation in Madison County. The animals were found in filthy conditions without access to food or water. One animal had an open wound on its eye, another was covered completely in one big mat, and another was so malnourished that it had lost movement in its front legs. Several of the dogs were at immediate risk of death due to health conditions, while several more were already dead.
These shocking scenes are all too common in Arkansas, where there are no laws to prohibit these horrific facilities. Until dogs are protected from this cruel industry, puppy mills will continue to operate. We, the undersigned, demand that laws are introduced to protect dogs from intensive for-profit breeding.
[Your Name Here]
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