Birmingham humane society talks growing problem with puppy mills in Alabama

Birmingham humane society talks growing problem with puppy mills in Alabama


ORGANIZATION IS TRYING TO PUT AN
END IT THEM. LARISSA: MEET PATRICIA.>>THIS DOG HAS GOT HIP ISSUES,
IT’S GOT A SKIN PROBLEM. IT HAS EYE PROBLEMS THAT IT’S
HAD SINCE IT WAS YOUNG. IT’S JUST GOT A LOT OF CHRONIC
ISSUES THAT STARTED POPPING UP. LARISSA: ALL A RESULT OF BEING
BRED IN A PUPPY MILL. REHEMA:
IT UPSETS US MOST WHEN WE SEE
THE PRICE THE DOGS PAY AND THE
PRICE THAT THE CONSUMERS ARE
PAYING BECAUSE THERE’S NO
OVERSIGHT. LARISSA: THE GREATER BIRMINGHAM
HUMANE SOCIETY-LEADING THE
CHARGE IN CREATING PUPPY MILL
LEGISLATION, AN ISSUE THAT’S
ONLY GETTING WORSE IN ALABAMA.>>THERE’S NO REGISTRATION
REQUIRED, THERE’S NO, NOBODY IS
ENFORCING ANY KIND OF LICENSING. HUMANE SOCIETY CEO ALLISON BLACK
CORNELIUS SAYS CHANGE STARTS
WITH UNDERSTANDING EXACTLY WHAT
A PUPPY MILL IS.>>IT CAN BE RIGHT NEXT DOOR TO
YOUR HOUSE IN THE BACKYARD. YOU CAN HAVE SOMEONE RIGHT NEXT
DOOR TO YOU THAT HAS 20 CAGES IN
THEIR BACKYARD WITH A TARP OVER
IT AND THAT IS A PUPPY MILL. LARISSA: INBRED AND SICK,
CORNELIUS SAYS THE DOGS LIVE IN
TERRIBLE CONDITIONS.>>OFTEN TIMES PUPPY MILL
BREEDERS HAVE CAGES WITH NO
BOTTOM IN THEM SO THE ANIMAL’S
PAWS ARE ACROSS SEVERAL WIRES. LARISSA: IT’S DIFFICULT FOR
CONSUMERS TO DETERMINE WHETHER
IF DOGS COME FROM PUPPY MILLS,
BUT THERE ARE A FEW THINGS THEY
CAN LOOK OUT FOR.>>FIRST INSIST THAT YOU SEE THE
PARENTS AND THE ANIMALS. DON’T BUY AN ANIMAL THAT HASN’T
BEEN TESTED. LARISSA: FOR NOW, CORNELIUS SAYS
SHE’LL CONTINUE TO FIGHT FOR
LEGISLATION AGAINST PUPPY MILLS,
SO DOGS LIKE PATRICIA DON’T HAVE
TO SUF

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