Action Alert: Stand Against Villainous Puppy Mill
Written by Natalie Davis on July 27, 2015
See this sweet doggie? A puppy mill in Missouri that goes by the name of Cornerstone Farms features this adorable creature on its website to show how happy the dogs it raises are. Images, however, can be deceiving. You can take action to make sure that Cornerstone follows the law to ensure the safety of its animals or goes out of business.
Two years ago, the US Department of Agriculture began requiring licensing and agency inspection for all internet animal breeders in a move intended to ensure that pets bought and sold online were healthy and treated humanely. The new regulations did not move certain breeders who continue to maintain unacceptable conditions for the animals for whom they are responsible. According to the Humane Society of the United States, Cornerstone Farms of Missouri is among the worst: It remains unlicensed and has the dubious distinction of being ranked among the Society’s “Horrible Hundred” puppy mill offenders in the nation.
A petition on Change.org is awaiting your signature. It calls for the USDA to force Cornerstone to follow the policy or close its doors.
As the petition notes:
According to the Humane Society of the United States , state inspectors who visited Cornerstone Farms found dogs with open sores, hair loss, and fly-bitten ears. Last year, a Missouri state investigator observed a litter of seven puppies who didn’t have any water. When provided with water, the state report noted that the puppies “were observed lapping the water nonstop,” as if very thirsty. And In a statement provided to law enforcement, an eyewitness declared that the operators routinely shoot unwanted dogs and bury them on the property. Local law enforcement declined to take action.
Get busy: Affix your signature to Change.org’s petition and tell the USDA to bring Cornerstone Farms into compliance or shut it down. You’ll be helping to make a difference in the lives of more than 500 dogs and puppies.