National Groups Attend Mexico Breeder Closing
HALLSVILLE - Animal rescue groups from across the nation are in Mid-Missouri this weekend to help close down a large dog breeding operation in Mexico.
Of more than 800 dogs at the farm operated by the Schindlers of Mexico, animal rescue groups from states from Minnesota to Mississippi say they saved about 200 dogs from what they classify as a puppy mill.
Heidi Harden of Paws for a Cause rescue in Minneapolis, Minn., traveled nearly 500 miles to take part. Harden says her organization does not normally travel that far for animal rescues, but the closing of such a big puppy mill drew her to make the trip.
"We came down to participate in the closing of this business. Normally we wouldn't do that for a sale," Harden said. "But this is an auction to close them down, and so we decided to participate, it's been a great event, it's been an adventure."
The rescue comes before Tuesday's elections, when the controversial Proposition B will be up for a statewide vote. The measure targets new regulations at puppy mills in Missouri, but smaller breeders and agricultural interests worry the new laws would hurt legitimate breeders and farmers.
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