At the conclusion of our meeting with USDA, the Alliance proceeded to Capitol Hill to lobby members of Congress to pressure USDA to change its ways and to induce the Agency to vigorously enforce the AWA. The Alliance is not only seeking an Office of Inspector General (OIG) investigation into USDA's malfeasance, but is also seeking Oversight Hearings by Congress in an effort to expose USDA's failings and to mandate that USDA initiate action against substandard puppy mills. OIG has indicated to Congress that it has placed the Alliance's request for an investigative audit of USDA on its priority list for 2019.
We will keep you advised of our efforts going forward.
Please be watchful for future Action Alerts on this matter
as we await Committee assignments to determine whom best to reach out to on this issue.