Legislation Update: Now is the time to act!
Last evening, June 25th, the House Agriculture Committee voted 17-12 in favor of House BIll 2525, which will mandate improved living conditions for dogs in the area’s many puppy mills. The bill must now go to the appropriations committee before moving on to the house floor. The Humane League would like to thank those individuals who took the time to call or email our local representatives urging them to support this bill. If you have not had a chance to get involved, you still can. The fight towards improving the lives of puppy mill dogs is not over and will not be over until the conditions under which puppy mill dogs have lived for years is no longer acceptable under the law. Click here to view a list of representatives who voted for and against HB 2525. Please contact those representatives who voted for the bill and thank them for their support. More importantly, contact those who voted against the bill and let them know that your support depends on their vote.
Support our Fight against puppy mills
Hannah was found by one of our officers during a raid of a local dog breeder in November of 2007. They were horrified by the lack of water due to a broken watering system, the feces mixed in with the food, and the poor dogs covered with bite wounds. Hannah herself was but a baby, at not even a year old. She and her puppy were taken by our officers, but many dogs were left behind because there was insufficient medical cause to take them. Ervin Zimmerman, the owner of the dogs, has faced cruelty charges going back to 2003. He has still been running a kennel with hundreds of dogs despite being found guilty. Now the Humane League is housing Hannah, her puppy, and sixteen other dogs. They are all being held as evidence in the cruelty case against him, and cannot be placed for adoption. The shelter is paying for all of their medical needs, food, housing, vaccinations, as well as toys and blankets.
When Hannah came into the shelter she was too shy to even be touched, and was like a ghost of a dog hiding in the corner of her cage. She has spent the past few months being socialized in the Administrative Offices, where she has learned about treats, playing with other dogs, and snuggling with her favorite people. Her puppy has been in foster care with the officer who found him, and he is a happy puppy who loves to play with his human and animal siblings.
The Humane League of Lancaster County receives no government assistance with legal fees, or with the costs of caring for these dogs for what may well become several years as the case winds its way through the courts.
The time has come for Lancaster County to shed its reputation as the Puppy Mill Capital of the East Coast, and we are fighting hand in hand with the Bureau of Dog Law and other agencies to end this tragic practice in our area. We need your help. Your donation will help us prosecute puppy mill agencies and care for the canine victims of these mills.