January 31, 2014
Virginia Senate Passes Puppy Mill Legislation
Laura Donahue, Virginia state director for The Humane Society of the United States issued the following statement in response to the passage of Senate Bill 228, also known as Bailey’s Law, which will now be considered in the House of Delegates.
“The Virginia House of Delegates must do the right thing for consumers and animal welfare and pass Senate Bill 228. Virginia has one of the best laws in the country to protect dogs in puppy mills, but pet dealers are circumventing these laws by bringing in hundreds of dogs from puppy mills out of state every year. This bill will provide the transparency and protection that are necessary to crack down on inhumane breeding operations. It will also allow people like the owner of the bill’s namesake, Bailey, to receive reimbursement for the hundreds of dollars they may spend in veterinary visits and medical care to save their pets’ lives.”