The days fly by very fast, don’t they? I finished my Clue #4 and am ready for tomorrow morning when #5 will be posted by Bonnie. I’m trying very hard to keep up. How about those of you who are also making her mystery?
I’m also sorting fabric to keep only what I really want. The rest is going to our booth at Junkin Gal. I can never sew up all this fabric.
I’d like you to meet Mary LaHay. She is the founder and president of Iowa Friends of Companion Animals and Iowa Voters For Companion Animals based in Des Moines. She was in North Iowa today and I met her for coffee.
As an Iowan I am ashamed of having the 49th most lenient animal abuse laws in the nation. The laws allow animal abuse and neglect to be rampant throughout the huge number of puppy mills in the state. Iowa ranks second in the number of puppy mills with only Missouri having more. There are over 15,000 dogs suffering in Iowa puppy mills like the one the ASPCA raided in North Iowa a few weeks ago. The owner of that abysmal property with dead and dying dogs everywhere wants 9 of the breeding dogs back out of the 179 Samoyeds that were seized and the judge will be ruling on that within the next week or so. So many of us in North Iowa are sickened by this case and are praying the judge does not give her those dogs back. Someone suggested the dogs be spayed and neutered and then see if she wanted them back – I doubt it. The laws are not on the dogs’ side, sadly.
If you’re thinking about getting a puppy, please don’t buy one from a pet store. Those stores get all their puppies from puppy mills and your new puppy is very likely to have multiple health issues. And that’s only the tip of the iceberg.
Most of my friends and neighbors are farmers, many of whom have livestock but I am most concerned about companion animals such as dogs who really deserve better conditions. I could go on and on but I won’t.
If you’re an Iowan reading this, will you join me in talking to your legislators so we can change the laws? Please help those 15,000 dogs living in puppy mills without adequate food, water, shelter or vet care. I have to do whatever I can.
I’ll end with another goat picture – we are all enjoying this warm December weather!