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Old 02-28-2009, 12:12 AM   #1
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Default [News] Puppy Mill Bills Across the Nation

Puppy Mill Bills Across the Nation

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Contributed by Tammy Miller - Posted: February 27, 2009 4:58:24 PM

I'm getting regular legislative updates from its home state and from across the country.
There is a surprising level of activity on the issue of puppy mills. Here's the latest roundup on legislation that might affect mass breeders ...

Colorado - Bill introduced January 21 to limit the number of dogs breeders could maintain has been tabled.
If it comes back up, it could also mandate regular veterinary exams and prohibit those convicted of animal cruelty from gaining a breeder license.

Connecticut - The state could pass new regulations that allow double-the-money-back from stores that sell pets found to have chronic diseases or disabilities.

Illinois - Bill introduced January 19 know as Chloe's Bill. If passed it would create a Dog Breeder License Act, which would limit the number of breeding dogs to 20 for each breeder.
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- Prevent those convicted of felony animal abuse from obtaining a breeding license.
- Require dog breeders to house dogs in areas heated, cooled and vented - without wire flooring.
- Require stores and breeders to provide buyers with full medical histories and spay/neuter information.

Indiana
- House Bill 1468 defines a commercial breeder those whelping more than 10 litters in any 12-month period. It might also ...
- Limit breeding dogs to 30 per location.
- Require registration with the state.
- Exercise once per day.
- Maintenance of sanitary conditions and proper ventilation and natural light.
- Require commercial breeder to offer a guarantee.
- Set veterinary care standards and limits on litters a breeding female can whelp each year.
This bill passed easily in the Indiana House and is set to go a Senate committee.

Montana - Columbus Top Dogs reports 189 dogs were seized from a mill in December, which prompted the introduction of an anti-hoarding bill.
Breeders with 20 or more adult dogs could be required to register with the state and submit to annual, surprise inspections.

Nebraska - Bill introduced on February 2 could by April, 2010 limit commercial breeders to 75 dogs over the age of four months. It could also set standards for breeding ages and establish standards for living conditions.

Ohio - A new bill is in the works similar to the one introduced in Indiana.
Folks in the animal welfare movement are hoping to introduce a ballot initiative in 2009 to ban dog auctions.

Oklahoma - The Oklahoma Pet Quality Assurance and Protection Act (HB 1332) has made it out of a committee vote and next goes to the full House.
This act mandates USDA standards for kennels sending out over 25 dogs, cats, kittens or puppies each year. Cage minimum standards are included.

Pennsylvania
- A house bill has pass with a 192-0 vote. This one impose criminal penalties for medical procedures not performed by a licensed vet - including c-sections, tail docking and surgeries to stop barking.
It now goes to the Senate.

Tennessee - HB 386 would require any breeder with more than 20 animals to pay a $500 licensing fee to the state. More than 40 animals increases the fee to $1,000. A mandatory inspection program is also established with minimum standards for care and housing.
Another bill might prohibit public animal sales such as those in parking lots and along the roadside. It would also prohibit the use of live animals as prizes for contests, raffles or promotion and restrict sales at flea markets.
Washington - Bills are being considered to regulate large breeders and to set humane standards such as limits to the number of dogs and standards for care and housing.
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They also should add Manditory Jail for years and years. It seems like they never really get punished for such horrible abuse.
Wire floors should be banned.
Thanks for the update!
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I agree Deb. They need to at least experience long-term what it's like to ben penned up, caged up - solitary confinement would be the best choice - so they know what it is like not to have care & concern shown for them
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JUST AN IDEA --- Maybe we could use this thread to update these Puppy Mill Bills legislation. So if you find out something going on in your state -- or another state, please post it here.
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Thanks for the info.

Look like we won an other small battle...

But we haven't won the war ....
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Subject: Oregon ~ HB 2470 ~ An excellent summary of the 2/23/09 hearing Talented Animals Blog » Oregon HB2470 First Legislative Session Summary

I thought this was pretty informative on what goes on at the hearings.
You know me, I HATE big government legislation. With all the mill busts, it looks like the current laws are doing just fine. The sentencing is a little lax, the penalty not severe enough. Why is it necessary for MORE legislation? Do we really need more fees and fines? Big Brother watches us too much already. It will never end until there will be no more breeders good or bad.
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Subject: Oregon ~ HB 2470 ~ An excellent summary of the 2/23/09 hearing Talented Animals Blog » Oregon HB2470 First Legislative Session Summary

I thought this was pretty informative on what goes on at the hearings.
You know me, I HATE big government legislation. With all the mill busts, it looks like the current laws are doing just fine. The sentencing is a little lax, the penalty not severe enough. Why is it necessary for MORE legislation? Do we really need more fees and fines? Big Brother watches us too much already. It will never end until there will be no more breeders good or bad.
I agree that I don't want more of Big Brother - we seem to be at an all time high for this on everything in our country right now. But on the same hand what would you recommend happen to help shut down these mills?

I did like the thread that I posted about what the Ark. Gov. signed into law, because I think this could cover most puppy mills. Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe signed a law making torturing animals a felony

And I would certainly like to see the penalties increased drastically - personally I think it should be no different than if you are abusing or neglecting your children (and I have worked in social services - so no one lecture me on how animals & children are 2 different things)

But what as a breeder would you like to see happen? I do not want to see show breeders or even those breeding to better the breed even for pet homes to be put out of business - but where do you draw the line?

I think we live in a sick society that has allowed it to get this bad. Dogs are not a commodity.
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I agree that I don't want more of Big Brother - we seem to be at an all time high for this on everything in our country right now. But on the same hand what would you recommend happen to help shut down these mills?

I did like the thread that I posted about what the Ark. Gov. signed into law, because I think this could cover most puppy mills. Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe signed a law making torturing animals a felony

And I would certainly like to see the penalties increased drastically - personally I think it should be no different than if you are abusing or neglecting your children (and I have worked in social services - so no one lecture me on how animals & children are 2 different things)

But what as a breeder would you like to see happen? I do not want to see show breeders or even those breeding to better the breed even for pet homes to be put out of business - but where do you draw the line?

I think we live in a sick society that has allowed it to get this bad. Dogs are not a commodity.
good post!! I dont know how to effectively re-word the legislation that is raining down on responsible breeders like a ton of bricks. This is the slippery slope. Where do you draw the line? Peta and H$U$ have strong lobbiests and millions of $$$. Their agenda is to abolish ALL breeding. They see mills the same way they see responsible breeders. There is no difference to them. I know the AkC reps are working very hard with the language of the bills.
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Iowa's vote is next week! Please, if you are in Iowa - call your House and Senate rep in your area!!! see below:

Our puppy mill bill has passed out of the House subcommittee and committee, as well as the Senate subcommittee and committee!!!!! This means that the bill will now be moving to both the full House floor and full Senate floor for voting in the next week. We need calls and emails to all senators and all representatives in the next few days asking them to support this bill and vote YES.



Note that the bill has two different numbers -- HF30 and SSB1242 -- but it is the same bill; just numbered differently in the House and Senate. (Just FYI -- the Senate bill will get a different number assigned to it in the next few days; but for now it is SSB1242.)



Call to Action

House bill number is HF30.

We need calls going to your Representatives ASAP -- ask them to support HF30 as it is. Please call your Representative and tell them you are a constituent of theirs and you are calling regarding HF30. Ask them to support this bill; vote yes; and get it passed this year. Please make your calls today -- we need them to know ASAP we want their support on this legislation!



Senate bill number is SSB1242.

Same messages to your Senators -- !!!!! Ask them to support SSB1242 as it is! Tell them you are a constituent and that you are calling regarding SSB1242; you want them to support this bill; vote yes; and get it passed this year!
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Thank you for posting some info on what is going on in Iowa. Do you know where the information is posted with the language of this bill? I would like to read it.
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Here is the link:

Iowa General Assembly - Track Legislation

Just put in the HB or SBB number under "Track Bill" and you will find it.
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This has passeed the house and is now going to the Senate Committee. This will hurt all breeders in Indiana, the one in Illinois is even worse. Go to American Kennel Club - akc.org, and then go to Legislation, there they have links and phone numbers to the governor, and your senators. Please do not let this bill pass. It affects everyone that has over five puppies a year. This bill is not after Puppy Mills, it will affect all dog fanciers!!
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Go to American Kennel Club - akc.org Then go to Legislation, there you can read the entire bills for all of the states, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana. The Indiana House Bill 1468 is off to the Senate Commitee, so everyone write the governor, AKC, has a letter that you can personalize, and contact information for the senators and governor. This will affect all breeders, and eventually affect all potential puppy owners. If responsible breeders and dog fanciers can no longer breed, Potential puppy owners will be only buying black market puppies. It would be ashame, that the only dogs available, would illegally produced puppies at the shelters, and dogs shipped in from other states with no laws. These bills are not concerned about the welfare of the dogs, as they are with their own agendas. It affects all people selling more than five puppies a year. Please write your elected officials.
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This has passeed the house and is now going to the Senate Committee. This will hurt all breeders in Indiana, the one in Illinois is even worse. Go to American Kennel Club - akc.org, and then go to Legislation, there they have links and phone numbers to the governor, and your senators. Please do not let this bill pass. It affects everyone that has over five puppies a year. This bill is not after Puppy Mills, it will affect all dog fanciers!!
If passed, House Bill 1468 would, among other provisions (this is from the AKC Website):

Limit ownership to 30 dogs that are at least one year of age and are not spayed or neutered.
Protect a dog purchaser from buying a dog with disease or other health conditions, but provide no recourse for breeders victimized by false accusations.
Label anyone who sells five dogs in a year a "pet dealer".
Exempt shelters and other rescue organizations from the standards of care required for dog breeders
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If passed, House Bill 1468 would, among other provisions (this is from the AKC Website):

Limit ownership to 30 dogs that are at least one year of age and are not spayed or neutered.
Protect a dog purchaser from buying a dog with disease or other health conditions, but provide no recourse for breeders victimized by false accusations.
Label anyone who sells five dogs in a year a "pet dealer".
Exempt shelters and other rescue organizations from the standards of care required for dog breeders
What is wrong with limiting a breeder to 30 adult dogs? This sounds like more than plenty to have a good breeding program. This is an honest question - not trying to stir trouble
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