The USDA provides licenses to commercial dog breeders and is tasked with protecting animals raised in these facilities. Too often, the agency has turned a blind eye to blatant suffering. To force the agency to uphold its responsibilities under the Animal Welfare Act, Congress must act.
Goldie's Act is the lifeline dogs need. This critical bill will require the USDA to enact:
- Better inspections of licensed breeding facilities.
- Lifesaving intervention for suffering animals.
- Meaningful penalties for violations.
- Timely communication with local law enforcement in circumstances of suspected cruelty and neglect.
In a USDA-licensed dog-breeding facility in Iowa, a young Golden Retriever suffered without fresh food, water, or veterinary care. She lived and died in a dirty cage, and she never experienced a safe, loving home. She was even denied a name: the breeder who owned her merely referred to her as Golden Retriever #142. We named her Goldie.
Goldie was one of hundreds of dogs kept in horrific conditions by this breeder. USDA inspectors documented Goldie’s deterioration month after month, even filming her skeletal condition. They had the authority to help her, but USDA policies failed. Shockingly, her story is not unique. This is why we are calling on Congress to pass Goldie’s Act.
What You Can Do
Goldie’s story is tragic, but this bill can prevent other dogs from meeting her fate. Use the easy form below to email your U.S. representative to urge them to support Goldie’s Act. Thank you, advocates!