Michigan Dogs and their People to Protest Puppy Mills with a “Pups Parade”
LANSING, Mich. – Puppy Mill Awareness of Southeast Michigan is hosting a “Pups Parade” to promote legislation to enact standards for large-scale dog breeding facilities in Michigan. The parade will be at the Michigan Capitol Building, 100 North Capitol Avenue in Lansing, on Tuesday, September 25th from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
“Michiganders care about dogs and want to prevent puppy mills from coming to our state,” said Pam Sordyl, founder of Puppy Mill Awareness of Southeast Michigan. “We’ve all seen how easily large-scale breeding can spiral out of control, like the recent case in Allegan County.” In April of 2012, Allegan County officials removed more than 350 small dogs living in deplorable conditions from a breeding facility in Cheshire Township.
Dogs and dog advocates will conduct a sidewalk parade at the Michigan State Capitol and will ask lawmakers to pass two important pieces of humane legislation: The Pet Lemon Law (SB 574) to protect families who purchase sick animals from breeders or pet stores, and the Puppy Protection Act (HB 5230 and 5231, SB 891 and 892) to help prevent puppy mills from establishing themselves in Michigan.
The “Pups Parade” will kick off at 1:30 p.m. and will circle the Capitol square. At 2:30 pm, guest speakers will address the public, including Michigan Humane Society’s Linda Reider, Ingham County Animal Control director Jamie McAloon-Lampman, Representatives Vicki Barnett and Joan Bauer, author Marcia Fishman and her puppy mill survivor dog Rudolph, and Puppy Mill Awareness founder Pam Sordyl.
“We have no tolerance for animals suffering in large-scale kennels in Ingham County,” said Jamie McAloon-Lampman, director of Ingham County Animal Control. “We invite the public to visit their local shelters and save a life instead.”
Organizations and businesses co-hosting the event include Capital Area Humane Society, Ingham County Animal Control & Shelter, Helping Eaton Animal Resource Team (H.E.A.R.T.), Annabelle’s Pet Station, Animal Placement Bureau, and Voiceless-MI.
For more parade information, visit http://michiganpuppymills.yolasite.com/pupsparade.php.