We've got less than a month to go till Election Day now, when Missourians will go to the polls and determine the fates of Robin Carnahan, Roy Blunt, Ed Martin and thousands of puppies. If Prop B, officially known as the Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act, passes, writes blogger Jim Durbin of 24thstate.com, our state will be the site of widespread puppy murder and beset by packs of wild dogs.
The HSUS [Humane Society of the United States] says there are over 200,000 dogs in Missouri that are kept by breeders. There are some 1200 licensed breeders. If you limit the number of dogs you can keep to 50, you have 60,000 dogs. What is going to happen to the other 140,000 dogs? There are some 350 shelters in Missouri. To accomodate [sic] the overflow, 400 dogs per shelter would have to be offloaded before the year is out. The vast majority of those dogs are currently healthy and cared for by dog-lovers. What will happen to them?
Some will be put up for adoption. Those who are not rescued, will be killed, released into the wild, or moved into illegal puppy mills hidden away from the state.
The wild dog population will increase
Dogs are beasts. Noble, but beasts. Like all animal populations, they will increase when left on their own, and in the backwoods of Missouri, when you let hundreds or thousands of dogs go free, you're going to see an explosion of their population in a way that is not at all controlled.
Will these horrible things come to pass?
Rest easy, Missouri dog-lovers (or dog-fearers). Prop B actually states that "no person may have custody of more than fifty covered dogs for the purpose of breeding those animals and selling any offspring for use as a pet."
Did you see that part about breeding? Dogs that aren't knocked up, or kept for the purpose of being knocked up repeatedly to pump out litters of puppies, don't count among the 50. The 140,000 non-breeding dogs in the state (at least according to Durbin's calculations) will still have homes. Homes, one hopes, with adequate food and water and temperate conditions and space to turn around in.
Hat tip to Adam Shriver who first pointed this out on St. Louis Activist Hub.