Georgia: Lawmakers Stand Up for Puppies & Local Communities!
Update—March 30, 2018: Georgia’s 2018 legislative session has ended. Thanks to your support state lawmakers rejected repeated attempts by retail puppy-sellers to strip towns of their home-rule authority to ban the sale of cruelly-bred dogs in their local pet stores. H.B. 948 did not receive a House hearing and, with your help, the ASPCA and others on the ground in Georgia were able to stop attempts to amend the harmful language into other bills! Please take a moment to thank Senator Renee Unterman, who was again a dog’s best friend and led the charge in both 2017 and 2018 against the puppy-sellers' efforts to gain state protection for their bad business practices. We simply couldn’t have done it without her.
The Georgia Legislature considered a harmful measure that would have stripped towns of their home-rule authority to ban the sale of cruelly-bred dogs in their local pet stores. If passed, this amendment would have invalidated existing local bans, prevented other communities from passing similar laws, and rolled back the progress we’ve made toward minimizing puppy mill cruelty in Georgia.
Most puppies sold in pet stores come from puppy mills, cruel breeding facilities that prioritize profit over the health and wellbeing of animals. Dogs in these operations are often kept in overcrowded and unsanitary conditions without adequate veterinary care, food, water or socialization.
These facilities are not only harmful to animals, they are dangerous to humans as well. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has linked puppies sourced from mills to a multi-state, multi-drug-resistant outbreak of campylobacter, which included victims in Georgia.
Over 250 localities across the nation—including 8 in Georgia—have enacted their own local laws to keep cruelly-bred puppies out of their pet stores and instead promote the adoption of dogs and cats from rescues, humane societies and shelters.
What You Can Do
Use the form below to thank state Senator Renee Unterman for her efforts to stop attempts to amend the harmful language that would have hurt pet store pets, consumers and local governments into other bills.
Thank you, Georgia!