DEAR EDITOR:

Most Cobb County residents agree that our dogs are more than pets — they are members of the family deserving of unconditional love. That is why I want to thank Chairman Boyce and all of the Cobb County commissioners for considering a humane pet store ordinance that will finally address major animal welfare concerns in Cobb County. It is well past debate that most pet store puppies come from inhumane commercial dog breeding facilities known as puppy mills. In these facilities, a breeding dog can spend her whole life in a stacked wire cage just six inches longer than her body. She may never feel grass beneath her paws, never get to run and stretch her legs or feel the happiness brought on by a good belly scratch. In a puppy mill, a mother dog can be bred until her body wears out, and then she can be abandoned or destroyed, all so her puppies can be sold in pet stores. The fate of her puppies is likely just as dim. Puppy mill puppies are usually purchased by brokers who stuff them into overcrowded cages on dark trucks and deliver them to pet stores around the country, including one right here in Kennesaw. This rough start to life can result in puppies that are sick, under-socialized and ill-prepared for life outside a cage.

On Jan. 28 at 7 p.m., the Cobb County Board of Commissioners will hold a first hearing on a humane pet store ordinance that will cut off the supply chain bringing puppy mill puppies into Cobb County. This ordinance will ensure that all pet stores in the county operate a humane business model that relies on the sale of products and services rather than the sale of puppy mill puppies.

Please join animal advocates from all around the county in attending this hearing and voicing your support for the Humane Pet Store Ordinance.

Harriotte Bohn

Marietta

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