The Greater Birmingham Humane Society (GBHS) is calling for legislative action against puppy mills in the state following a puppy mill bust in Trussville, Ala.
The GBHS rescued 83 dogs from the property which was deemed unfit for all the animals this week; the property owners were selling parakeets as well.
According to AL.com, the property owners voluntarily surrendered all the animals but might face criminal charges of animal cruelty and operating a business without a license.
GBHS CEO Allison Black Cornelius took to Facebook, to plead with voters and local legislators to file legislation in the next session to protect animals within the state.
“It has been a very sad week for animals in our community with the passing of a dog left in a car in extreme heat and a puppy mill bust,” the group posted on Facebook. “GBHS Chief Executive Officer, Allison Black Cornelius, urges citizens to remember these two cases when the next legislative session begins and offer your support to promote legislation that protects animals in our state.”
The shelter is accepting donations of puppy pads, puppy food and adult dog food.
Last year, Jacksonville-Republican state Rep. K.L. Brown and Bessemer-Democrat state Sen. Priscilla Dunn both introduced bills drafted by the Alabama Puppy Mill Project, HB45 and SB17, in their respective chambers, which require commercial breeders of dogs and cats to be licensed and inspected annually in hopes to put an end to inhumane practices like puppy mills. The bills did not pass in the session.