Missouri Politician and Candidate Directly Benefits from Family Puppy Mill

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If you live in Missouri’s 8th Congressional District you have a candidate with a really big blood stain on his record running in the June 8th election. Jason Smith, currently the Majority whip in the Missouri House of Representatives and running for Congress in the upcoming election, is closely connected to one of Missouri’s worst puppy mills.  According to the March 2011 report from the Humane Society of the United States, “Update Report: Missouri’s Dirty Dozen Most of the worst puppy mills in Missouri are still licensed”, Smith Kennels of Salem, Missouri is one of the worst. And it’s no coincidence that the name of the kennel and the candidate are both “Smith.”  Jason Smith is the son of Mary Ann Smith, the owner of Smith Kennels.

According to the HSUS report,” Smith’s Kennel has a history of repeat USDA violations stretching back more than a decade, including citations for unsanitary conditions; dogs exposed to below-freezing temperatures or excessive heat without adequate shelter from the weather; dogs without enough cage space to turn and move around freely; pest and rodent infestations; injured and bleeding dogs, dogs with loose, bloody stools who had not been treated by a vet, and much more.”

Jason Smith is not innocent here. He has been actively involved with the kennel in the recent past and has used his influence as a member of the party currently in control of the Missouri legislature to protect his mother’s business.  “Mary Ann Smith’s son, now Republican Majority Whip Representative Jason Smith, was once listed in state records as a co-owner of her kennel and has been an outspoken opponent of Proposition B, the Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act (passed by the voters in 2010 but negated by pro-puppy mill forces within Missouri government) and other animal welfare bills.”

So for everyone across North America who wondered how the puppy mills were able to do an “end run” around Missouri Proposition B which would have cured some of the worst abuses against dogs in puppy mills the answer is that the puppy mills have people like Jason Smith on the inside working against the will of Missourians to rein in the mills.

20 thoughts on “Missouri Politician and Candidate Directly Benefits from Family Puppy Mill”

  1. I can’t stand the thought of animal cruelty. Animals have feelings, just like humans. How would any politician like to suffer the abuse that some animals have to go through. Phineas should be allowed to return to his family.

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  2. I had already determined that people like this guy and Mayor Brown and others are bastar_s. I figured their mommas had denied them years ago when they turned into the monsters they have become. Now I find my summation was invalid cause this bastar_s momma taught him all he knows! Sickie weirdo vile filth is what they are. No getting around it, that is the truth.

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  3. Sorry to discourage everyone, but don’t get your hopes up. I live in Imperial, MO. And we voted on this same issue just a few years ago. It passed by a landslide. Guess what happened next?? They null and voided our decision, stated something to the effect that we voters didn’t have all the info so therefore, should not have been put on our ballots. Never in my life have I heard of such a thing. Guess what again? The issue has not been put to the voters again in my area. Our state is controlled by (R)s and we have only a few (D)s. I’m afraid this is going to fall in closed ears. Good Luck, sincerely I hope something happens.

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  4. You nailed it, anonymous. That is how the R’s work. It’s not what you want, it’s what they want. Always has been , always will be. Until they are voted out. Please vote

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  5. I hope the Jefferson city politicians are reading these comments because we are watching and reading what you are doing just remember we put in in office and would be happy take you out of office when the next election comes around. I would love to see people boycott Missouri. The good ole boys have a lot of damage control to address between puppy mills,dog fighting,and the abuse and misuse of power by politician in Salem Missouri in ref to phineas. If Missouri voters can’t get the powers that be to listen maybe Facebook pressure from around the world will.

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  6. I do live in Mo. and I am a republican; but, I did not know this Mo. legislator was responsible for tormenting animals. Nothing is closer to my heart than caring for the helpless animals. I firmly believe that if you do not love and care for an animal – you have hate in your heart and a “dead” soul. Tell me how people should expect anything but selfish motives from someone who does not care for God’s little creatures?

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