In reading and reporting on the potentially tragic efforts to overturn Missouri’s Proposition B, I’ve been thinking about what provisions all breeding regulations – from federal and state levels should contain.
I feel there are some basic protections that should be afforded to all breeding dogs. So let’s work together – as a pack – to put on the table the core provisions.
My thoughts –
A) – Housing – Kennel sizes large enough to allow the dogs space to move around freely, with clean bedding and a solid floor.
B) – Exercise – Strict regulations on time outside of the kennels and for time outside to play – weather permitting.
C) – Breeding Cycles – Controls on the number of times a female can be bred in any set time period.
D) – Sales – Puppies should not be sold at ages younger than 10 to 12 weeks old.
E) – Regular veterinary care – The parent dogs and the puppies need regular vet care.
F) – Penalties – In severe cases, felony charges should lead to severe fines and prison time. In lesser cases – sure – allow for corrections to be made.
G) Inspections – All commercial breeders should be subjected to regular, unannounced inspections, with a grading system similar to restaurants. Violations should lead to shutdowns in more severe cases to requirements for re-inspections in lesser cases.
H) Responsibility – In cases where dogs are removed and need housing and vet care, the breeder will be responsible for the costs.
Okay – that’s my take. Now it’s your turn. Modify my list or add your regulations.