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Animal Wellness Centers Urges Support for Missouri Animal Protection Law

Dr. Annie, HSUS and ASPCA Join Forces to Help Stop Puppy Mill Abuses

SANTA MONICA – This November, voters in Missouri – the nation’s number-one puppy mill state – will vote on a measure that will stop puppy mill abuses. It’s called Proposition B, and it would establish common sense standards for the care of dogs.

Dr. Annie and Animal Wellness Centers has joined with The HSUS and The ASPCA to support this common sense legislation.

Last week, the puppy mill industry launched its campaign against Prop B with robo-calls to households across the state spreading lies about this measure.

Missouri is home to approximately 3,000 puppy mills, about 30 percent of all the puppy mills in the country. This massive industry is going to fight to keep business as usual, so they can continue to cram dogs into small and filthy cages, deny them veterinary care, expose them to extremes of heat and cold, and give them no exercise or human affection.

These puppy mills are cruel and the way these dogs are treated is wrong. This dirty business affects all of us, because Missouri’s puppy mill dogs are shipped all over the country, sold to pet stores and directly to consumers over the Internet. In fact, as you read this, there is very likely a puppy from a Missouri mill staring out from a cage at a pet store near you.

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“Animal Wellness Centers, the HSUS and ASPCA are dedicated to strengthening the unique human-animal bond. At the core of this bond is our duty to champion the humane treatment of animals. Please consider getting involved to voice your support for this important animal protection legislation,” noted Dr. Annie.


Animal Wellness Centers LLC is a fast-growing companion-animal healthcare firm headquartered in Santa Monica, California. Its core business is veterinary services with a focus on comprehensive animal wellness designed to strengthen the human-animal bond. It is the exclusive retailer of Dr. Annie’sTM brand products. Its flagship Center in Santa Monica’s Ocean Park neighborhood is the world’s first non-anthropomorphic companion-animal center offering full array of pet products, an education center, preventative care clinics and a social networking arena.

Annie Harvilicz, DVM, CVA (“Dr. Annie”) is the Founder and Chief Medical Officer of AWC. She brings experience at leading centers for animal care throughout the world including extensive work on endangered species such as giant pandas, black rhinos, cheetahs, and elephants. She has appeared on the Discovery Channel’s Animal Precinct television program during her tenure at the ASPCA’s Animal Hospital in New York City. Her private practice has spanned across the country with high-profile clientele from New York to Los Angeles. She completed her DVM degree at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine where she served as President of the school’s chapter of the AVMA. She is also the recipient of various awards and distinctions including, among others, the Sherrie Clark Compassion and Caring Award and the Tobey Award for special compassion for lost, abandoned, or homeless dogs. She is licensed to practice in California, New York, Pennsylvania and Maryland, is certified in Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine, and serves on the Leadership Council of the Veterinary Arm of The HSUS. Dr. Annie lives in Santa Monica with her rescued companions Lucy and Charlotte.


The Humane Society of the United States is the nation’s largest animal protection organization — backed by 11 million Americans, or one of every 28. For more than a half-century, The HSUS has been fighting for the protection of all animals through advocacy, education and hands-on programs. Our mission: Celebrating animals and confronting cruelty.


The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) was the first humane society to be established in North America and is, today, one of the largest in the world. Our organization was founded by Henry Bergh in 1866 on the belief that animals are entitled to kind and respectful treatment at the hands of humans, and must be protected under the law. Headquartered in New York City, the ASPCA maintains a strong local presence, and with programs that extend our anti-cruelty mission across the country, we are recognized as a national animal welfare organization. We are a privately funded 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, and proud to boast more than 1 million supporters across the country.