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|Originally Posted: 30 May 2010|
Demand Congressional Investigation into Puppy Mill Abuses Allowed by USDA
Tell Congress to launch an immediate investigation to demand that the minimal protections of The Animals Welfare act be enforced. A scathing federal report has documented years of abuse inside licensed dog dealers without meaningful penalties or enforcement actions from the USDA.
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The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) has found lax enforcement of the Animal Welfare Act which led to continued suffering and even death for animals due to lack of enforcement actions. The report documents incidents where USDA inspectors neglected to cite offenders or confiscate animals to save their lives.
Last Chance for Animals (LCA), a leading advocate for companion animals, is calling for a Congressional investigation of the USDA.
"The USDA has allowed puppy mills and B-Dealers to murder and maim animals without penalty," said Chris DeRose, President Last Chance For Animals. "After 20 years of OIG audits, nothing has changed. It is time for Congressional oversight hearings."
The OIG has conducted repeated audits on animal care in 1992, 1995 and 2005, each time finding that APHIS could not ensure the humane care and treatment of animals at all dealer facilities as required by AWA.
LCA's Special Investigations Unit (SIU) has investigated
puppy mills all over the country including in the very same
areas where the OIG did their investigation. We have documented
countless violations of the AWA over the years at government
sanctioned puppy mills.
Thank you for everything you do for animals!