Help Ban Puppy Mill Sales

tucson puppy mills

Target: Mayor Jonathan Rothschild

Goal: Pass ordinance forbidding puppy mill sales

A bill proposed by Councilman Steve Kozachik would require pet stores to obtain their animals from shelters or rescue groups. Purchasing animals from puppy mills would be forbidden. This bill marks a giant step forward in the prevention of animal cruelty and must be supported.

The bill targets Tucson, Arizona, where thousands of dogs are euthanized each year due to overcrowding. Meanwhile, puppy mills force their dogs to breed repeatedly, contributing to the overpopulation and profiting from it. Puppy mills are regularly shut down across the country for overtly abusive practices and Arizona’s mills are likely no different. These animals can never leave their cages. They’re forced to produce more and more litters that there is no room for. These self proclaimed “breeders” are the epitome of exploitation and cause problems for the whole city.

“The ordinance is not about banning the selling of dogs, but admitting Tucson has a problem with crowded shelters and making pet stores become part of the solution,” Councilman Kozachik explained.

This bill would bring the US one step closer to the elimination of exploitive puppy mills once and for all. Sign this petition showing your support to stop abusive puppy mills and stray overpopulation in Tucson.


Dear Jonathan Rothschild,

Breeders simply cannot continue to breed thousands of litters when there is already a massive surplus of dogs and cats in Tucson. Over 8,000 animals were euthanized by the Pima Animal Care Center and the Humane Society of  South Arizona due to a lack of space. It would be unreasonable not to enact a bill that forbids sales from breeders to pet shops.

It is not only common sense to stop these breeders from creating an overwhelming excess of animals, but it is also ethical. Hundreds of puppy mills all over the country have been exposed and shut down for unimaginable conditions. Even the ones that have not been shut down are weakly regulated and purposely overbreed female dogs who cannot escape their cages. Even when operating legally, these “breeders” are completely unacceptable.

If puppy mills are permitted to continue unregulated, the animal overpopulation crises will reach a new and uncontrollable height. It is part of a civilized society’s duty to control their animal population strictly and humanely. There is simply no room for puppy mills, especially when the only benefit that comes from it is private profit.

Please support this bill so that rescues and shelters can better perform their jobs.


[Your Name Here]

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