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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

March 11, 2010

Northwest student organization collecting signatures

MARYVILLE, Mo. - Northwest Advocates for Animal Awareness has organized a signature gathering event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, March 18, on the first and second floors of the J.W. Jones Student Union.

The student organization is gathering signatures on behalf of Missourians for the Protection of Dogs, which is spearheading a citizen-sponsored, state ballot initiative to place a measure on the November 2010 statewide ballot.

The Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act would require large-scale dog breeding operations to provide each breeding dog under their care with the basics of humane animal care and limit the number of breeding dogs to 50 per facility.

The Candy Bouquet, 1004 S. Main St., in Maryville, also is gathering signatures for the organization now through March 18.

Northwest Advocates for Animal Awareness is a student organization dedicated to strengthening the community's capacity to make good decisions concerning domestic animals and to set an example with the care and attention we give our own pets and those for whom the organization advocates.

For more information, contact the organization's advisor, Kristina Martinez, at or 660.562.1254. More information also can be found at

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468