Action Is Needed NOW! Help Put An End To Retail Outlets Who Sell Puppy Mill Animals

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Today, WAN is sharing 39 more reasons why laws banning the retail sale of puppy mill bred dogs should be enacted worldwide. Petland which operates 80 stores in the United States, as well as Canada, Brazil, China, El Salvador, Japan, Medica and South Africa, is the last major national chain that unfathomably continues to sell dogs from commercial breeders.

According to a report released on Monday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Petland puppies were linked to 39 cases of human Campylobacter infections, which causes bloody diarrhea, fever, stomach cramps, nausea, and vomiting.

As a result, the Ohio Department of Health, several other states, CDC, and USDA-APHIS are now conducting a comprehensive investigation.

According to the CDC, as of September 11, 2017, 39 cases were reported in 7 states, including Ohio and Florida, which were most affected, as well as Kansas, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Wisconsin; with nine people reportedly having to be hospitalized.

Sadly, according to CDC, 12 of the people affected were employees of the pet store chain while the other 27 had either “recently purchased a puppy at Petland, visited a Petland, or visited or live in a home with a puppy sold through Petland before illness began.”

While Petland has yet to reveal the exact locations of the stores in question, the CDC noted that the illnesses began on dates ranging from September 15, 2016, through August 12, 2017; with the most recent case being reported on September 1, 2017.

The CDC continued to advise pet owners to wash hands often, contact a veterinarian if a puppy appears sick or sluggish, and though it seems nearly impossible because they are so unbelievably sweet, not to let puppies lick their faces.

Puppy mills are increasingly known for irresponsible and dangerous breeding practices, as well as subpar conditions that often result in compromised and sick dogs; which in this case apparently lead to compromised and sick humans.

Unacceptable on so many levels…

As WAN reported on Tuesday, California Assembly Bill 485, the Pet Rescue and Adoption Act, passed the California State Senate by an overwhelming vote of 32 to 0.

AB 485, authored by Assembly Members Patrick O’Donnell and Matt Dababneh, and sponsored by animal advocacy group Social Compassion in Legislation, will ban the sale of dogs, cats, and rabbits sourced from high-volume, commercial breeding facilities in all pet shops throughout the state. Instead, pet shops will be required to source animals from local shelters and rescues.

More than 200 cities and counties throughout the country have instituted similar legislation.

WAN requested that people now contact California Governor Jerry Brown to urge him to sign the landmark bill into law.

WAN also encourages people to speak out against the abhorrent and inhumane practice of puppy mill breeding by signing a petition demanding that Petland no longer sells dogs that were bred in puppy mills HERE!

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