Interactive National Anti-Puppy Mill Regulations

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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.

3 Responses to “Interactive National Anti-Puppy Mill Regulations”

  1. MaryanneNo Gravatar says:

    Can’t agree with your statement to not sell pups til they are 10-12 weeks old. Studies have proven that pups make the best ajustment to their new families at exactly 8 weeks of age. The longer they are left with their littermates the more “pack” mentality is developed.
    Who gets to decide how many times or at what intervals a female can be bred. Most reproductive Vet specialists recommend 3-4 breedings “in a row”, and then spay.

  2. jtgradyNo Gravatar says:

    Many quality breeders and other experts will now tell you that the range is 10 to 12 weeks. They need both human contact and time with mother and litter mates to develop social skills – during these formative weeks.
    And I’d say we need to listen to the top veterinary experts on the breeding cycles.

  3. Nancy WellerNo Gravatar says:

    How about adding adequate food and water? That seems to be something that many (cited) puppy mill owners in MO seem unable to comprehend.

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