June 23, 2016
Louisiana governor signs bill to crack down on puppy mill sales
Gov. John Bel Edwards has signed SB 337, which will prohibit pet stores in the state from acquiring dogs and cats from breeders with documented Animal Welfare Act violations within the past three years or whose USDA license has been suspended within the past five years.
Julia Breaux, Louisiana state director for The Humane Society of the United States issued the following statement:
“The HSUS applauds Louisiana’s lawmakers for passing this legislation as a step in the right direction. It will help crack down on the worst puppy mill offenders. The public should know that when you buy a puppy from a pet store or online, there is a strong possibility that the puppy was bred in a cruel and unsanitary puppy mill.”
Championed by Sen. Danny Martin, R-Metairie, the bill will also eliminate brokers from sourcing puppy mill dogs to pet shops. Pet shops will further be prohibited from selling dogs and cats less than eight week of age and must post certain information on each cage detailing where the animal came from. SB 337 also contains a provision allowing parishes and municipalities to enact stricter local laws governing the sale of pets.
The enactment of SB 337 marks the fifth time the legislature has acted to crack down on unscrupulous commercial puppy breeders and sellers in the last nine years.
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