CORALVILLE– On Thursday, Aug. 18, the Iowa Friends (IAFriends) of Companion Animals and Iowa Voters for Companion Animals, area residents, law-enforcement and other public officials will meet to discuss the issue of commercial dog breeding in Iowa, at 6:30 p.m. at the Coralville Public Library, 1401 5th St., in Coralville.
The public is invited to attend the meeting and participate in the discussion.
IAFriends will offer a presentation that highlights current practices of irresponsible pet breeding, including “puppy mill” operations, and the local, state, and federal regulatory agencies and personnel charged with their oversight. Impact on local shelters and rescues will also be discussed. Attendees will learn what a puppy mill is, where puppy mills currently operate in Iowa and how to recognize the difference between a responsible breeder and a puppy mill.
Topics will include USDA standards and inspections for breeding operations, health issues of adult breeding dogs and of puppies offered for retail sale, and the current and potential legislative environment to address companion-animal welfare laws in Iowa.