Shut Down Puppy Mills in Missouri

Target: Missouri Governor Jay Nixon

Goal: To make large-scale commercial dog breeding houses (“puppy mills”) illegal in the state of Missouri, the nation’s largest puppy mill provider

Large-scale commercial dog breeding houses, better known as “puppy mills,” are notorious for negligent treatment of the dogs they breed.  The mills often sell their dogs to pet shops or directly to the public via the internet or newspaper ads.  Due to the big-business philosophy of these operations, animals suffer in substandard conditions while profit is made the top priority.

Disease runs rampant in puppy mills due to the lack of accurate medical and lineage records and the failure to remove ill animals from the breeding grounds.  Veterinary care is usually inadequate and the conditions are often overcrowded and unsanitary.  Many puppies are brought home with deadly parvoviruses, intestinal parasites, pneumonia, and other illnesses.

Anxiety and unsociable behavior are often observed in puppies from puppy mills, most likely from the trauma endured at these breeding grounds.  Puppies are also removed from their litter and mothers at a very young age, which has shown to negatively impact the development of attachment and other important social factors.

Today, Missouri is the leading provider of puppy mills in the country.  It would be ideal to eventually put an end to puppy mills in the entire nation.  By beginning with the nation’s largest puppy mill state, we can set an example to other states and the nation as a whole.  Please help to make large commercial breeding operations illegal in the state of Missouri by petitioning Missouri Governor Jay Nixon so that eventually we can help dogs in puppy mills across the country.


Dear Governor Jay Nixon,

The state of Missouri is the largest provider of large-scale commercial dog breeding operations—better known as “puppy mills.”  These mills have shown to provide substandard health care and living conditions on the breeding grounds, resulting in a great amount of illness and anguish for the animals.  Physical and mental consequences are often observed in these dogs once they are taken home.

I ask that you help set an example for the rest of the nation by making large-scale commercial dog breeding operations illegal in the state of Missouri.  By doing so, you will help support small-scale, responsible breeders and promote the welfare for dogs across our nation.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. When I rescued my Peanut from an Oregon puppy mill, he had had both of his back feet chewed off. He also had a sore on his back from flea infestation that showed his spine. Puppy mills are an obscenity that should not be allowed to go forward!

  2. Sharon Kennedy says:

    A life that pleases God must include compassion for our brothers and sisters from the animal kingdom. Our Savior suffered agony on the cross not just for humanity but for all creation.

    We are commanded in the words of Christ to “Be compassionate as your Father is compassionate.” Missouri is a state that wallows in actions and attitudes that are offensive to God and to all of His saints.

  3. joy catalan says:

    i agree with Sharon Kennedy that our Savior died not just for mankind but for all creation…”puppy mills” is just another source of man’s greediness and unless this practice is put to a stop, the greedy man will forever be treating the man’s best friend cruelly.

  4. Misha Lauridsen says:

    ALL puppy mills and cat mills should be closed, no matter in which of the 50 states of the US. Shame to everyone who buys from a puppy or cat mill. ADOPT from a shelter, that’s the right thing to do!

  5. Didn’t the people of Missouri draw up and vote on their own law to bring about changes in puppy mills a couple of years ago? The state legislature had the nerve to go against the people and negate the law. Shame on them. Money and greed. That’s the name of the game. It just makes me so furious the way people regard animals and treat them. They will get theirs in the end!

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