JACKSON, MO (KFVS) - Melanie Coy has been an independent canine advocate and pit bull rescuer for the past 30 years. Coy does not support the Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act.
"For one thing, for me, there's a lot of redundancy here," Coy said.
Coy says Missouri has a major problem with how companion animals are treated, but the puppy mill bill is not the way to start reforms.
"Yes, we have got to have reform. But we can't start by adding a whole bunch of laws because our emotions have gotten the best of us," Coy said. "We have got to start at the level where we're enforcing. Allow the Department of Agriculture to have enough agents to go out into the field and be able to address these sub standard facilities. These laws with the puppy mill initiative, this is doing nothing to address the problems."
Coy has joined with members of the Cape Girardeau County Farm Bureau in opposition to the bill. Coy says it does nothing to crack down on unlicensed breeders or animal hoarders.