WISCONSIN PUPPY MILL ACTIVIST DIES AFTER GOVERNOR SIGNS BILL
By Hart Van Denburg
Thu., Dec. 3 2009
Joyce Kitsemble spent years working for a change in
Wisconsin law that would ban abusive dog-breeding kennels called puppy
mills. She and her husband, Ed, gathered 5,000 signatures in a petition
drive to get the law passed. And the couple were on hand in Madison when
Gov. Jim Doyle signed the bill into law. A few hours later, she was dead.
The 70-year-old woman started feeling ill during the signing ceremony at
the Capitol. She was helped from the room and later taken to an area
hospital, where she died, WQOW-TV reported.
Here's an excerpt from
her obituary today in the Wisconsin Rapids Trubune:
her life to saving and rescuing animals. She spent the last 10 years of her
life supporting Puppy Mill Legislation in the state of Wisconsin, witnessing
the signing of this bill by our governor on the day of her death. She was
relentless supporter of animal rights. She also enjoyed homemaking and
tending to her beautiful flower gardens.
"Joyce made a cruel world
better," the Wisconsin Puppy Mill Project's Eileen Ribbens told WQOW. "Her
dream of seeing puppy mill dogs get protection under the law came to pass in
her lifetime, and for that, I am eternally grateful."