OPINION: LETTERS: Amend general bylaws to prohibit sale of commercially bred pets – Wicked Local Marshfield

Most Marshfield residents agree that our dogs, cats and other pets are more than just companions — they are members of our family and a source of unconditional love. I see that through my work at the Marshfield Animal Shelter. This is why you should carefully consider how puppy mills and other commercial breeding facilities generally operate to supply pets for sale at pet shops. This is timely now as the town of Marshfield will vote at town meeting on Oct. 19 whether to amend its general bylaws to prohibit the sale of commercially bred puppy mill puppies, cats and rabbits in pet stores.

It is well documented 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 6 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 from a loving guardian. 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 and deliver them to pet