The Humane Society of the United States Forms New Dog Breeders Advisory and Resource Council

The new partnership will help consumers shop wisely for a puppy by recognizing the difference between responsible breeders and puppy mills


WASHINGTON (Feb. 6, 2012) ― The Humane Society of the United States announced the newly formed Breeders Advisory and Resource Council which is composed of responsible dog breeders from across the country. Council members will advise HSUS on dog health and welfare issues, and talk to the general public about what constitutes proper breeding practices, promoting the health of the parents and the puppies.

In a first step, the Council and The HSUS posted new web resources for consumers and a “How to Identify a Responsible Breeder Checklist.” The primary aim of The HSUS is to promote pet adoption from shelters and rescue groups, and encourage consumers who choose to purchase a puppy to buy from a responsible breeder instead of inhumane, commercial breeding facilities known as puppy mills.

Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The HSUS says, “For too long, large-scale commercial puppy mills have given all dog breeders a bad name. We commend the responsible breeders who are showing leadership in their community and speaking out against the abusive operations that treat dogs not like loving family members, but like a cash crop. Everyone who cares about the health and welfare of dogs must be part of the solution, and we are excited about this new partnership.”

“We want to protect our right to be responsible breeders and to enjoy and bond with our dogs in show and performance events, but if we think for one minute that ignoring the problem of cruelty to animals makes us responsible breeders and protects our rights, I believe we’re wrong,” says Council member and AKC Breeder of Merit, Kathryn McGriff. “We can no longer sweep puppy mills under the rug.”

Helping consumers understand the hows and whys of responsible breeding is essential to ending the cruelty inflicted on dogs by puppy mill operators, including those who sell on the Internet.

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It takes a village: How your efforts are changing our animal welfare laws

January 23, 2012

Colorado Citizens for Canine Welfare is thrilled to announce that Colorado Congressmen Mike Coffman and Scott Tipton have agreed to cosponsor HB.835 commonly known as the PUPS Act. They join five other Colorado legislators in support of this legislation which will benefit thousands of dogs housed in puppy mills across the United States.
(Please sign the thank you card for Congressman Tipton!)

As it is more formally known, the Puppy Uniform Protection and Safety Act requires that breeders who sell or offer to sell over fifty dogs a year directly to the public be licensed and inspected by the USDA. Right now only breeders who sell to puppy brokers or pet stores are required to be licensed and inspected.

We don’t need to tell you that the Internet has allowed for thousands of dogs to be sold without any of these protections. These puppy mills have avoided any oversight for years which has resulted in untold and countless stories of abuse and horrific neglect.

We also have two other pieces of good news:

  • Congressman Jack Kingston (R-GA) and Sam Farr (D-CA) both members of the House Ag Appropriations Subcommittee, have reached agreement on the means to fund enforcement of problematic dog dealers and have reprogrammed $4M to assist the USDA in enforcing violations and prevent future abuse at these facilities.
  • When the Obama Administration created the website “We the People” and asked Americans to create and sign petitions seeking government action on a number of issues, I don’t think they expected that the issue of puppy mills would be the most active petition for several weeks in November. The recent White House response promised to increase oversight and close the Internet loophole and to not waste time in implementing these changes.

We have a long way to go but it seems as if the American public is stepping up to demand action from their lawmakers. Keep up the pressure and educate yourselves and others.

We can’t do this without your support and voice. Thank you.

3CW Board of Directors

Fortin’s Time Has Come

The long-awaited Channel 7 investigation of Jeff Fortin, owner of North Washington Street Kennels in Denver and the puppy mill owner in Kansas who euthanized 1200 of his dogs last year, will be aired Wednesday, September 21 during the 10:00 PM News.

We are asking you to turn on Channel 7 and watch it. Channel 7 news producers need to know that these stories are important to their viewing audience. You can also make comments on the story and email them to (that’s an underscore “_” right after Tony) or call the station at 303-832-7777 and leave a message.

It is crucial that we get as many people as we can to watch the show and respond to Channel 7.

This is how we helped persuade Senator Udall to sign the PUPS Bill. The media and politicians actually do listen to us. So stand up and say something; encourage the media to cover these stories and not let these abusers get away with their horrific acts.

You may get this email two more times. We hope it’s ok but we are doing it as a reminder since we all lead very busy lives. So set your clocks; write it in your Day-Timer or Smartphone or Outlook, heck, tie a string around your finger.

Just don’t forget Wednesday, September 21, Channel 7 at 10:00 PM.

You have the power to change the lives of thousands of dogs.

Thank you and please send this email to your friends, post it to Facebook and Twitter.

Mary Roberts

President 3CW

Colorado Citizens for Canine Welfare



Hundreds of emails and phone calls later and Colorado Senator Mark Udall has agreed to co-sponsor the bill that has failed for the last ten years to get enough support in the House or Senate. Repeatedly, special interest groups have pressured legislators to abandon what is now called the PUPS Bill; a bill which would close a loophole in the Animal Welfare Act which allows commercial breeders who sell dogs over the Internet to escape licensing and regulation.

It also mandates daily exercise for the dogs, clean cages and fresh water and flooring that prevents dogs from falling through or getting their feet caught.

Supporters of the Puppy Uniform Protection and Safety Act are not asking for the moon. We are asking that these dogs be treated humanely. According to USDA inspection reports, we apparently need to tell breeders that clean cages, a little exercise and food free of maggots is considered “humane.”

But we are not done. Colorado Senator Michael Bennet sits on the Senate Agricultural Committee, where the PUPS bill needs to be heard first. No hearing is scheduled as of today.

Ask Senator Bennet to request a hearing on the Ag Committee for the PUPS Bill. Tell him that we need him to act now.

Then tell him to join his fellow Coloradoan legislators Senator Udall, Congresswoman DeGette and Congressman Polis in co-sponsoring the bill.

You inundated Senator Udall’s office with calls and emails; he responded.

We can’t stop there; we need the PUPS Bill to be scheduled for a hearing. NOW.

Call or email Sen. Bennet’s Colorado Director Rosemary Rodriguez.

She is waiting to hear from us. She knows how much our voices count.

Rosemary Rodriguez 303-455-7600


Thank you.

Colorado Citizens for Canine Welfare