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Issue Position: Animal Cruelty

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States in our region and around the nation are passing laws to prevent the operation of inhumane and cruel dog breeding facilities in their states. Because Montana has failed to pass similar laws, dog breeders who keep their dogs in chicken pens and other out-door cages with little human contact and often no opportunity for exercise are moving to Montana. The dogs are bred until they are too old or sick to reproduce. Then, they are put down. Puppies are sick, un-socialized, and in need of rehabilitation. Veterinarians and dog owners have called for regulation.

Montanans have paid thousands of dollars to rescue dogs, most recently 130 Malamutes in Jefferson County. After repeated attempts by me and other legislators to pass legislation to set standards of care, it is time for Montanans to step up and say, we want to spend our tax money on programs that help people and communities, not on cleaning up after the irresponsible behavior of people running irresponsible and inhumane businesses. Call your legislator and tell him or her you want standards of care for dog breeders now.

Please support my legislation in 2013 for minimum standards of care in dog breeding facilities.

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