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My dog Heidi died after eating treats that are still on Walgreen's shelves. Help me ask the company to stop selling them.
Sign my Petition


Five days after eating just two pieces of the Waggin' Train chicken jerky dog treats I bought at my local Walgreens, my German Shepherd Heidi died.

That day, I sat at my computer crying and did a Google search for "What killed my dog?" That's when I learned -- too late -- about the ongoing investigation by the FDA, and the hundreds of stories about dogs becoming ill and dying after eating these treats.

It could be months or years before the FDA recalls the treats, which are made in China -- and in the meantime, Heidi and other dogs are dying because Walgreens and other retailers are still selling these dangerous treats. I started a petition on Change.org asking Walgreens to stop stocking these deadly dog treats. Please click here to sign my petition and protect other dogs from suffering Heidi's fate.

I knew nothing of the dangers of chicken jerky dog treats when I bought them for Heidi: there was no warning on the package or on the shelf at Walgreens.

I can't believe these dangerous treats are still being sold in stores across the country. People trust their favorite stores and companies to sell them safe products. I trusted my corner drug store. Heidi trusted me. And Heidi paid for it with her life.

Earlier this year, Terry Safranek started a petition on Change.org after her dog Sampson died, asking Nestle Purina to recall the treats. Nestle is dragging its feet -- but if Walgreens takes these treats off their shelves, fewer people will unknowingly feed their best friends dangerous treats, and other stores will have to start paying attention too.

Please help me by telling Walgreens that we need them to restore our trust in them by taking the treats off their shelves. Click here to sign my petition. When you sign, a letter will be sent to Walgreens and other top retailers that sell the treats.

Thank you for your help.

- Rita Desollar

New program will help thousands of dogs and puppies find loving homes through relocation from overcrowded shelters

NEW YORK—The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) today announced the establishment of The Carroll Petrie Foundation Dog Rescue Project, a new $1 million initiative that will fund much-needed treatments and services for shelter dogs and puppies at municipal animal sheltering organizations, ultimately preparing them for transport from overcrowded shelters to give them the best chance of finding permanent, loving homes. The project is being made possible thanks to a generous donation from Mrs. Carroll Petrie, a respected international philanthropist.

“We are incredibly thankful to Mrs. Petrie for enabling us to establish The Carroll Petrie Foundation Dog Rescue Project – a unique program that will go a long way in helping save the lives of animals across the country,” said ASPCA President & CEO Ed Sayres. “We are hoping the project will be a shining example of the impact generous donors can have on animals, and that it will inspire other organizations to look beyond the walls of their facilities for new collaborations and partnerships.”

Mrs. Petrie stated: “Dogs have always been a joy and comfort to my family. And now through the ASPCA’s efforts, puppies and adult dogs who have been abandoned or deserted due to horrific natural disasters, neglect or owners’ economic choices will be cared for and nurtured, and hopefully more will find compassionate homes.”

The ASPCA, through The Carroll Petrie Foundation Dog Rescue Project, aims to save 16,600 dogs before the end of May 2013, through a per dog or puppy subsidy for each animal transferred out through the following types of programs:

  • Transfer to rescue groups;
  • Transfer to other shelters;
  • Adoptions through foster “Adoption Ambassador” programs; or
  • Adoptions through permanent off-site partner locations.

The subsidy per dog or puppy can be used for anything from crates and gasoline purchases for transport vehicles to “make-ready” veterinary services for the dogs (i.e. spay/neuter, health certificates, vaccines) that will prepare them to leave the shelter. Participating organizations may also choose to give all or part of the money to the rescue groups or destination shelters that take the dogs, helping to offset their costs. The subsidy will only apply to lives saved above and beyond each participating groups previous year's numbers.

The funds for the program will be distributed by the ASPCA to the participating shelters across the country. Participating organizations so far include:

  • Animal Shelter of Pell City, Inc. in Pell City, Ala.
  • Oxford-Lafayette Humane Society, Inc. in Oxford, Miss.
  • Valencia County Animal Control in Los Lunas, N.M.
  • Beaufort County Animal Shelter & Control in Beaufort, S.C.
  • Greenville County Animal Care Services in Greenville, S.C.
  • Animal Care Trust dba/McKamey Animal Center in Chattanooga, Tenn.
  • Central Missouri Humane Society in Columbia, Mo.

“The participating organizations are taking such an important step by joining this project,” said Sandy Monterose, senior director of community initiatives for the ASPCA. “By expanding relationships with shelters and rescue groups in their region and other parts of the country to move these dogs, they’re not only alleviating the burden on their own facilities, but they are giving these animals a much-needed second chance at life.”

The program is already being used to treat dogs. Some of the animals who’ve been helped through The Carroll Petrie Foundation Dog Rescue Project at one of the participating organizations – Oxford Lafayette Humane Society (OLHS) in Oxford, Miss. – include:

  • Thomas, a six-month old, extremely timid pup was surrendered to the shelter by his owner along with his four other siblings in June 2012 because their health was declining and they could not properly care for Thomas. The dog’s littermates were relatively easy to find homes for, but Thomas was overlooked because he was so shy. The shelter staff tried to encourage him to play with other puppies his same age and size, but he’d soon find a corner to curl up in or hide behind a dog house. Every day, staff worked on socializing him to people and other animals, and every day he showed a little improvement. One of OLHS’ rescue partners, Southern Jewel Dog Rescue in Olive Branch, Miss. expressed an interest in him, and after he was transferred to their rescue, they continued to help him along his journey to becoming a happy, friendly pup. Thomas was adopted in a matter of days to a loving family in New England.
  • Bobby, a four-year-old Beagle, came to OLHS as a stray from a neighboring county in May 2012. Despite being relatively overweight – rare for the dogs they typically take in – Bobby appeared to be in good health. After a month at the shelter, he was placed with a foster family where he remained for another month before Southern Jewel Dog Rescue accepted him into their care. Bobby found a permanent home in New England in two days. His new guardians say he is continuing to grow in ease and confidence and is as happy as he could be, greeting every dog and person and winning the hearts of all who cross his path.
  • Buckeye (renamed Haywood) and his five other siblings were surrendered to OLHS by their guardian when they were four or five weeks old. They were quickly placed in a foster home, and while two found permanent homes locally, the other four (including Buckeye) were transferred to Snooty Giggles Dog Rescue in Thompsons Station, Tenn. The litter was a huge hit with adopters and Buckeye – who was adopted shortly after – was renamed Haywood. He’s now in a loving home in the New England area.

About the ASPCA®
Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first animal welfare organization in North America and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animals. More than two million supporters strong, the ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. For more information, please visit www.ASPCA.org, and be sure to follow the ASPCA on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.


About Quincy Animal Health

Quincy Animal Health is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of novel therapeutics to treat age-related changes in memory, cognitive performance and related issues of aging pets. The Company’s products focus on alleviating the consequences of impaired calcium homeostasis – an imbalance of calcium ions commonly thought to be related to neurodegenerative conditions in canines. The Company’s first product, Neutricks® brand dietary supplement (apoaequorin), is now available for sale by veterinarians. Neutricks® is backed by research that shows it helps keep brain cells alive longer.

Just like people, animals can experience serious age-related cognitive disorders. A pet that seems strangely distant, confused, or disoriented, may be suffering from senior canine aging. More than 28 million pets (dogs and cats) in the U.S. suffer from canine memory issues and existing products which target those issues have limited effectiveness. We know that the calcium signaling mechanism in humans is the same in animals. Independent research and veterinarian testimonials have reported that Neutricks® has positive benefits on animals with memory issues. As veterinary care increases the life span of our pets, the senior pet wellness market will grow. The pet-nutritional market was valued at $2.1 billion dollars in 2007 and 43% of this figure is from the sale of pet supplements alone. Sales of pet supplements are expected to reach $1.7 billion by 2012. There is growing demand for new and effective products to meet the needs of older pets.

Better primary medical care has led to longer-lived dogs and cats, and a subsequent increase in the prevalence of senior memory issues. In a study at the University of California-Davis, 62% of 11- to 16-year-old dogs showed signs in at least one category of memory impairment. In a survey of pet owners, nearly half of dogs age 8 and older showed at least one sign associated with poor canine cognition. The Veterinary Journal published a recent study of pets seen by veterinarians in whom they estimated that 14.2 percent of older pets presented with poor canine cognition yet only 1.9% were receiving treatment.

Salmonella Scare Prompts Pet Food Recall

Editor’s Note: Media interested in interviewing a BluePearl doctor or shooting
B-roll at BluePearl hospitals are encouraged to call James Judge at 813.549.7688

CHICAGO – BluePearl Veterinary Partners recommends for pet owners to keep a
close eye on their dogs after a major pet food manufacturer announced a recall
of one of their brands due to potential salmonella contamination.

According to a press release issued by Breeder’s Choice Pet Foods, the company
is recalling only its AvoDerm Natural Lamb Meal & Brown Rice Adult Dog Formula
with the “Best Before” dates of 28 Aug 2013, 29 Aug 2013, 30 Aug 2013.

The recalled product was distributed to retailers and distribution centers in
California, Georgia, Illinois, Nevada, Virginia and Washington.

People who have the potentially contaminated product should discard it
immediately and stop handling it as it poses a risk to humans and other animals
as well.

In addition to direct transmission to dogs, salmonella is zoonotic disease,
which means it can be passed from animals to humans. Common symptoms of
salmonella in dogs include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, bloody diarrhea,
lethargy, fever and abdominal discomfort.

“If your pet is experiencing vomiting, diarrhea or otherwise not acting right,
contact your primary care veterinarian as soon as possible,” said Dr. Neil Shaw,
chief medical officer of BluePearl Veterinary Partners, a group of specialty and
emergency veterinary hospitals. “If it is an after-hours emergency, we would be
glad to help at one of our locations.”

The product information is:
Product Code/SKU/ Material #    UPC Code    Size    Product Name/Description    Best Before
Code (day/month/yr)
1000065074    0 5290702043 8    26 lb.    AvoDerm Natural Lamb Meal & Brown Rice Adult
Dog Formula    28 Aug 2013
29 Aug 2013
30 Aug 2013

About BluePearl Veterinary Partners
Formed in 2008, BluePearl Veterinary Partners employs more than 1,000 people
including approximately 250 veterinarians. BluePearl hospitals are referral-only
and don’t provide primary care. Most BluePearl hospitals offer 24-hour emergency
care services. BluePearl is one of the world’s principal providers of approved
veterinary residency and internship educational programs. BluePearl also
participates in and conducts clinical trials to study the effectiveness of new
drugs and treatments, which give clients access to cutting-edge medicine not yet
commercially available and improves the quality of care delivered to our

Debra Tosch & Abby search for survivors in the wreckage of the Twin Towers

September 11th

We have not forgotten.

We will never forget.

Honoring the Canine Disaster Search Teams

and all First Responders

who risk their lives to keep us safe...

Search Dog Foundation teams deployed to the World Trade Center Disaster:

Rob Cima & Harley - El Dorado County Fire

Kelly Gordon & Buddy - Montebello Police Dept.

Randy Gross & Dusty - Sacramento Metro Fire

Rick Lee & Ana - Sacramento City Fire

Sergio Morariu & Tammy - Fremont Fire

Howard Orr & Duke - Santa Barbara County Fire

Seth Peacock & Pupdog - Civilian

Jeff Place & Zack - Fremont Fire

Mike Scott & Billy - El Cajon Fire

Steve Swaney & Sherman - El Cajon Fire

Deresa Teller & Bella - Los Angeles City Fire

Debra Tosch & Abby - Civilian

Ron Weckbacher & Manny - Civilian

SDF Deployments:


Missing Person Search - Fillmore, CA

Missing Person Search - Simi Valley, CA


Missing Person Search - San Luis Obispo, CA

Hurricane Irene - Green County, NY

Missing Person Search - Ojai, CA

Vehicle Accident - Hacienda Heights, CA

House Explosion - Salem, NY

Building Collapse - Tijuana

Tornado - Oklahoma City, OK

Tornado - Joplin, Missouri

Earthquake & Tsunami - Japan

Landslide & House Collapse - Tijuana


Gas Pipeline Explosion - San Bruno, CA

Truck Crash into house - Santa Barbara, CA

Missing Hiker - Carmel Valley, CA

House Explosion - Sacramento, CA

Tornadoes - Oklahoma City, OK

Earthquake - Mexicali & Calexico

Earthquake - Port-au-Prince, Haiti


Truck Crash - Monterey Park, CA

Missing Person Search - South San Francisco, CA

Missing Person Search - Neff's Canyon, Salt Lake City, UT

Missing Person Search - Laguna Beach, CA

Building Collapse - La Puente, CA

Building Collapse - San Diego, CA

Vehicle Accident - Lakewood, CA

Missing Person Search - Tustin, CA

Missing Child Search - East Glenville, NY

Highway 58 Vehicle Rollover - Bakersfield, CA

Truck Crash - La Cañada-Flintridge, CA

Missing Person Search - Tijuana


Metrolink Crash - Chatsworth, CA

Hurricane Ike - Galveston, TX

Hurricane Gustav - Louisiana

Roof Collapse - Rosedale, CA

Construction Explosion Missing Person Search - Tijuana

Earthquake Pre-staging - Tijuana

Landslide - Santa Fe - Tijuana


Parking Structure Collapse - Jacksonville, FL

Mudslide Pre-Staging - Orange County, CA

Large Area Search - Albany County, NY

Soledad Mountain Road Landslide - La Jolla, CA

Hurricane Dean - Fort Worth, TX

Structural Fire - Alhambra, CA

Catskills Flood - Roscoe, NY

Landslide - Tijuana

Tornado - Lake County, FL


Trench Collapse - Tijuana

Mesa de Otay Search - Tijuana

Hurricane Ernesto - Florida & North Carolina

Missing Person Search - Palm Bay, FL

Building Collapse - Daly City, CA

Broome County Floods - Town of Conklin, NY

Building Explosion - Albany, NY

Floods - Sullivan County, NY

Mudslide - Mill Valley, CA

Missing Person Search - Mt. Pinos, CA

Partial Building Collapse - Bal Harbour, Miami, FL

Missing Person Search - Ventura, CA


Hurricane Wilma - Florida

Hurricane Rita - Texas & Louisiana

Hurricane Ophelia - U.S. East Coast

Hurricane Katrina - Missouri & Louisiana

Missing Person Search - Topanga, CA

Mudslide - Laguna Beach, CA

Mudslide - Fraccionamiento los Lobos - Tijuana

Train Derailment - Glendale, CA

La Obredja Mudslide - Tijuana

Mudslide - La Conchita, CA


School Wall Collapse - Tijuana

Mechanic Shop Wall Collapse - Tijuana

Torrey Pines Bluff Collapse - San Diego, CA

Hurricane Ivan - Florida

Hurricane Charley - Florida


Mudslide - Waterman Canyon, CA

Earthquake - Paso Robles, CA

Disneyland Train Derailment - Anaheim, CA

Train Derailment - City of Commerce, CA

Building Collapse - Sacramento, CA


Winter Olympics - Salt Lake City, UT

Commercial Building Collapse - Sacramento, CA


World Trade Center Attack - New York, NY


Building Collapse - Echo Park, CA


Landslide and Retaining Wall Collapse - San Diego, CA


Thank you for being Part of the Search.

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National Disaster Search Dog Foundation

501 E. Ojai Avenue / Ojai, CA 93023
(888) 4K9-HERO

Multiple rescue groups throughout Northeast open their doors
to help give dogs second chance at life

NEW YORK—The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) today announced that 26 dogs rescued from a dog fighting operation have been placed with several animal welfare groups throughout the Northeast. Placement options for an additional seven dogs are also in the process of being finalized. The dogs, ranging from puppies to adults, were rescued in late June by the ASPCA, at the request of the NYPD Vice Enforcement Division and Bronx District Attorney’s office, from a dog fighting operation in the Bronx.

For more than two months, ASPCA responders cared for and provided the dogs with extensive socialization, a healthy diet, medical care and exercise at a temporary shelter. Each dog was carefully evaluated by a team of animal behavior professionals prior to being transferred to the rescue groups. The following groups will continue to work with each dog to address its specific needs, with the hope of eventually adopting each of them to loving homes: St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center (Madison, N.J.); Charles Henderson Animal Rescue (Brooklyn, N.Y.); Columbia Greene Humane Society (Hudson, N.Y.); and Animal Rescue League of New Hampshire (Bedford, N.H.). Some dogs have also been transferred to the ASPCA’s Adoption Center in Manhattan.

The unfortunate reality in many dog fighting operations is the propensity for a certain number of the dogs involved to exhibit extreme aggression, and therefore to be very dangerous. Sadly, this proved true in this case. While we have been able to place the majority of dogs, some of the dogs were euthanized. These particular dogs were tragic victims of the brutalities of dog fighting—bred over generations to exhibit aggression, trained to fight with lethal intent, subjected to a life of inhumane treatment, and as a result, showcased highly aggressive behavior. After extensive evaluations, the decisions to euthanize were based on recommendations of multiple behavior professionals who weighed in objectively and independently, with the best interest of each individual animal in mind.

On June 21, ASPCA responders assisted in the removal, forensic evidence collection, and on-scene documentation of 50 dogs seized from a dog fighting operation in a six-story apartment building in the Bronx. The dogs were living in crude cages in the corner room of a basement, rarely, if ever, seeing the light of day, unless they were brought outside the room to be trained or fought. The basement included a makeshift fighting arena with capacity for dozens of spectators. Also recovered from the scene were a loaded .25-caliber handgun, multiple pet carriers, U.S. currency, and paraphernalia associated with a sophisticated dog fighting operation, including dog treadmills, harnesses, muzzles, syringes, and a shopping cart full of raw chicken parts. The dogs were transferred to a temporary shelter, where they were triaged by the ASPCA’s veterinary medical team and later evaluated individually by the ASPCA’s Anti-Cruelty Behavior Team.

The superintendent of the building, Raul Sanchez of the Bronx, was arrested that day and arraigned on July 24 on the following charges: 63 counts of animal fighting (13 felony charges; 50 misdemeanor charges); six counts of aggravated animal cruelty (felony); six counts of animal cruelty (misdemeanor); and one count of criminal possession of a weapon (misdemeanor). If convicted, he faces up to four years in jail. The ASPCA’s Legal Advocacy team is also providing support to the Bronx District Attorney’s office to help prosecute this case. The next court date is scheduled for September 25.

About the ASPCA®
Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first animal welfare organization in North America and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animals. More than two million supporters strong, the ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. For more information, please visit www.ASPCA.org, and be sure to follow the ASPCA on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.


Written by Pittsburgh resident and accomplished veterinarian Dr. Doug Knueven, a pioneer in holistic pet care,The Holistic Health Guide: Natural Care for the Whole Dog ($21.95; Hardcover) demystifies the subject of holistic medicine, helping readers choose among treatments and options that may best suit the needs of their dog.

“Dr. Doug” explains how the holistic approach to veterinary care addresses the whole animal: body, mind and spirit. Chapters detailing the numerous benefits, tips and advice for common holistic treatments include natural nutrition; the latest information on vaccinations; herbal medicine; massage therapies; acupuncture and chiropractic therapies; plus homeopathic and other alternative therapies. This comprehensive illustrated guide concludes with a valuable resource section.

Practical and easy-to-use, The Holistic Health Guide is a must read for people who love their dogs and want them to live long, healthy lives.  www.tfh.com

Yorkshire terrier has nearly doubled in weight since rescue

NEW YORK—Humane Law Enforcement (HLE) agents of the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) today arrested Queens resident Grimilda Amil of Ridgewood for allegedly neglecting and starving her 3-year-old male Yorkshire terrier, named Hershey.

On June 27, 2012, ASPCA HLE agents responded to the ASPCA’s Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinic on Metropolitan Avenue in Queens, after staff became concerned about the condition of a dog that had been taken to the Clinic by its owner, Ms. Amil. Amil relinquished ownership of Hershey to the ASPCA, and he was transported by the agents to the ASPCA’s Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital for evaluation and treatment.

ASPCA veterinarians found Hershey to be emaciated, anemic and to have pressure sores, and determined that he had been starved. Upon intake, Hershey weighed 5.2 pounds; after receiving treatment by ASPCA staff, he now weighs 10.1 pounds—a 94 percent increase. Hershey is recovering at the home of a foster family and will eventually be made available for adoption.

Amil, 55, was arrested by ASPCA Special Agent Joann Sandano. She was charged with one count of misdemeanor animal cruelty. If convicted, she faces up to one year in jail and/or a $1,000 fine. Amil is due in Queens Criminal Court on October 4.

To report animal cruelty in New York City, contact the ASPCA’s Humane Law Enforcement department at (212) 876-7700, ext. 4450 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Photo Caption: Hershey, before and after receiving treatment at the ASPCA’s Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital

About the ASPCA®
Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first animal welfare organization in North America and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animals. More than two million supporters strong, the ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. For more information, please visit www.ASPCA.org, and be sure to follow the ASPCA on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.


By Kim Kavin, Foreword by Jim Gorant
When journalist Kim Kavin decided that she wanted a puppy, she did what millions of people do every year: clicked on an online photo and submitted an application. She had no idea that the adorable brindle—advertised as healthy and near her home in New Jersey—was actually a last-minute rescue from a gas-chamber shelter in North Carolina. Blue had arrived in the Northeast with at least a dozen other dogs in an RV that is just one among countless transports whose sponsors are dedicating their efforts to saving dogs by any means possible. Blue was happy and friendly, but he seemed to have endured some unusual albeit unknown ordeal. The dog’s manner prompted Kavin to trace his history all the way back to a long row of cages where Blue had been tagged to be put down in just three more days. Little Boy Blue is the true story of one sweet puppy’s journey of survival. It’s also a shocking exposé that describes a brutal ongoing reality inside some of this country’s taxpayer-funded shelters. But Little Boy Blue also tells an inspiring story of the grass-roots rescue network that has exploded across the nation in recent years. Readers will come to know and love a very special dog who now brings smiles to the faces of everyone he meets. From a single click of Kim Kavin’s computer mouse, Blue’s journey of a lifetime began. This is the story of Little Boy Blue, told with candor and a great deal of love.
About the Author:
Kim Kavin is a widely published award-winning journalist, as well as a volunteer worker dedicated to fostering puppies who have been saved from high-kill shelters but who have not yet been adopted. She lives in Long Valley, NJ, where her hobbies include cooking, wine tasting, and hiking local park trails with her dog Blue.
Little Boy Blue
A Puppy’s Rescue from Death Row and His Owner’s Journey for Truth

Comments delivered to USDA in support of regulating Internet puppy mills

(Aug. 15, 2012) – The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Best Friends Animal Society, The Humane Society of the United States, Humane Society Legislative Fund, Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association, and a member of the social change platform Change.org together have gathered approximately 350,000 letters and signatures from concerned citizens, the last of which were hand-delivered today to the headquarters of the U.S. Department of Agriculture in support of the agency’s efforts to regulate unlicensed puppy mills.

The USDA has proposed a rule that will require large-scale commercial breeders that sell pets over the Internet or by mail or phone, sight-unseen, to be licensed and inspected under the federal Animal Welfare Act. The public comment period closes today. Now the USDA will read and consider all comments before deciding final action on the proposed rule.

The following statements were issued:

“The enormous public response to the USDA’s proposed rule illustrates just how strongly Americans support greater oversight of unlicensed puppy mills,” said Nancy Perry, senior vice president of ASPCA Government Relations. “The ASPCA has witnessed the abhorrent cruelty that often exists behind the pictures of happy puppies posted on a breeder’s website, and this rule would crack down on the worst of Internet breeders. We encourage the USDA to adopt a final rule that is enforceable, effective and covers as many commercial breeders as possible.”

“Unethical breeders have been using the Internet as a way to avoid regulation," said Gregory Castle, CEO of Best Friends Animal Society. "That the USDA is taking the initiative to close this loophole, plus the nearly 350,000 letters and signatures collected by national animal advocacy and animal protection groups to support the proposed rule change, reflect a profound societal change -- the growing will of the American public to protect puppies and other animals from unscrupulous breeders."

“I have three rescued dogs from puppy mills and am an active member of the rescue community,” said Washington, D.C. resident Anne Gregory, who gathered more than 143,000 signatures on her petition on Change.org. “I'm so optimistic that this USDA loophole will be closed and dogs will be protected thanks to the caring individuals who signed my petition.”

“We asked the public to speak up for dogs in unlicensed puppy mills -- and hundreds of thousands responded. This level of support shows the intensity of concern about the humane treatment of animals,” said Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States. We thank the Obama administration and USDA for proposing this change and encourage them to make it final in short order." The HSUS gathered more than 111,000 letters in support of the rule.

“If enacted, this proposed rule will essentially achieve the same reform as pending congressional legislation which has more than 235 bipartisan cosponsors in the House and Senate,” said Michael Markarian, president of HSLF. “This overwhelming bipartisan support demonstrates that Americans of all political stripes want dogs protected from abuse and it’s time to crack down on unlicensed puppy mill dealers.”

“Veterinary professionals know firsthand the suffering of puppies born in unlicensed puppy mills and the anguish of families who bring home a sick or dying puppy,” said Dr. Susan Krebsbach of HSVMA. “This change is long overdue, and on behalf of our 4,500 veterinary professional members nationwide, we encourage the agency to finalize it quickly.”

The Humane Society of the United States is the nation's largest animal protection organization — backed by 11 million Americans, or one of every 28. For more than a half-century, The HSUS has been fighting for the protection of all animals through advocacy, education and hands-on programs. Celebrating animals and confronting cruelty — on the Web at humanesociety.org.

The Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association was formed as a home for veterinary professionals who want to join together to speak out for animals, engage in direct care programs for animals in need, and educate the public and others in the profession about animal welfare issues. The HSVMA is an affiliate of The Humane Society of the United States -- on the Web at hsvma.org.

The Humane Society Legislative Fund is a social welfare organization incorporated under section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code and formed in 2004 as a separate lobbying affiliate of The Humane Society of the United States. The HSLF works to pass animal protection laws at the state and federal level, to educate the public about animal protection issues, and to support humane candidates for office. On the web at hslf.org.

Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first animal welfare organization in North America and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animals. More than two million supporters strong, the ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. For more information, please visit www.ASPCA.org, and be sure to follow the ASPCA on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Change.org is the world’s fastest-growing platform for social change — growing by one million new members a month, and empowering millions of people to start, join, and win campaigns for social change in their community, city and country.

Best Friends Animal Society, named Animal Welfare Non-Profit National Brand of the Year based on the 2012 Harris Poll EquiTrend® study, is a national animal welfare organization building no-kill programs and partnerships that will bring about a day when there are No More HomelessPets®. The society's leading initiatives in animal care and community programs are coordinated from its Kanab, Utah headquarters, the country's largest no-kill sanctuary. This work is made possible by the personal and financial support of a grassroots network of supporters and community partners across the nation.


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