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Puppy Protection Act Calls for Puppy Mill Prevention

Photo Credit: Deerfield Township 2010 Pam Sordyl/Puppy Mill Awareness of SE Michigan Photo Credit: Deerfield Township 2010 Pam Sordyl/Puppy Mill Awareness of SE Michigan

Lawmakers and animal rights groups are pushing for new legislation called the Puppy Protection Act to keep puppy mills out of Michigan.

One local woman has been working hard for years to give these dogs a better life. @

Puppy Mills are an unfortunate reality. Bills were introduced at the capital Thursday to make tougher penalties for irresponsible dog breeders here in Michigan.

"I don't consider what I do very much. It's the least that I can do," said Brandy Westcot.

Westcot has been battling against puppy mills since 2002. She started AIR dogs, or Angels in Rescue. They foster dogs from puppy mills out of private homes, giving them full medical attention and finding them a better life. It's a small local rescue that's making a big difference for dogs living in the most unthinkable of conditions.

"I'm going to try not to cry because it's emotionally wrenching," said Westcot.

Pictures can't depict how bad these mills are, and in the past 10 years Westcot has helped protect more than 200 dogs from puppy mills around the country.

"Her little tiny tummy...she was only 5 lbs...she was completely criss crossed with caesarian scars. She has been bred so many times her tiny body was pretty much all railroad scars," said Westcot.

The Michigan Humane Society says the puppy industry is a multimillion dollar business and they want to keep it out of our state. It's a push to protect those that can't protect themselves.

"They're not put on this earth to suffer...and so we need to help them whenever we can and give them a normal, good life," said Westcot.

It's a fight Westcot won't give up on.

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