May 21, 2014
Minnesota Passes Legislation to Crack Down on Puppy and Kitten Mills
Governor and lawmakers applauded for steps to increase regulation of commercial dog breeding facilities
Gov. Mark Dayton has signed a bill to help crack down on abusive puppy and kitten mills that keep animals in cruel conditions. Howard Goldman, the Minnesota state director for The Humane Society of the United States, issued the following statement:
“The Cat and Dog Breeder Regulation Law is a huge step forward. Minnesota is home to some of the largest puppy mills in the country. Several of these completely unregulated facilities were cited in our recently released “101 Puppy Mills” report. Now law enforcement officers will have the tools they need to stop the abuse at these facilities before it rises to the level of animal cruelty.”
- The new law requires commercial dog and cat breeders to obtain a state license and to submit to annual inspections by the Minnesota Board of Animal Health.
- Any operator who has been convicted of animal cruelty will be prohibited from obtaining a state license.
- Those found violating the law will be subject to administrative and criminal penalties.
- The new law becomes effective July 1.
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