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March 12, 2014

Tennessee Senate Rejects Legislation Cracking Down on Puppy Mills

Tennessee's five- year-old law that tightly regulates puppy mills will expire in June. A split Tennessee Senate committee narrowly rejected legislation to extend the Tennessee Commercial Breeders Act for an additional year. That legislation, offered by Sen. Ferrell Haile, R-18, was presented to the committee as a stop-gap measure to keep the program in place temporarily while stakeholders work this summer on a new bill to improve oversight of commercial dog breeding operations in the state.  

Sen. Haile said: “The committee’s decision today does not change our intent to bring new legislation forward in 2015 that keeps inhumane puppy mills out of Tennessee, recognizes those breeders who treat their dogs right, protects dogs and consumers alike, and does not create a fiscal burden for the state.”

Leighann Lassiter, Tennessee state director for The Humane Society of the United States said: “When a good law is in place and keeping dogs protected from puppy mill abuses, it’s a shame to let it expire. The legislature should not have to spend time and resources revisiting this problem over and over again. We applaud Sen. Haile, along with Sen. Mike Bell and Rep. Susan Lynn for their commitment to continuing Tennessee’s long-standing efforts to crack down on puppy mills and ensure humane and safe conditions in commercial dog breeding operations.”

Media Contact: Cheylin Parker; 301-258-1505, cparker@humanesociety.org

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