April 14, 2009
Ore. House of Representatives Applauded for Protecting Dogs
The Humane Society of the United States applauds the Oregon House of Representatives for passing H.B. 2470 by a vote of 46-13. The bill sets a limit of 50 dogs that can be confined at mass producing facilities known as puppy mills, sets basic humane care requirements at those facilities and establishes license and inspection requirements. The bill also requires pet stores to provide buyers with information regarding a dog's place of origin, health history and registration information.
Puppy mills are large-scale commercial dog production facilities that keep animals in cages or kennels, often in squalid conditions with little or no exercise, socialization or human interaction. Dogs from puppy mills are usually sold in pet stores, online and directly to consumers with little to no regard for the dog's health or genetic history.
"With five puppy mills shut down in the past two years by law enforcement agencies, it is clear this is a real problem in Oregon," said Scott Beckstead, The HSUS' senior Oregon director. "Man's best friend should be treated like a part of the family, not like a cash crop, and thanks to Oregon lawmakers these animals now have hope for a better life."
H.B. 2470 is sponsored by Reps. Paul Holvey, D-8, Sara Gelser, D-16, Peter Buckley, D-5, Jean Cowan, D-10, Larry Galizio, D-35, Greg Matthews, D-50, Mike Schaufler D-48, Brad Witt, D-31 and Sens. Peter Courtney, D-11, Vicki Walker, D-7, and Floyd Prozanski, D-4.
The bill now moves to the Oregon Senate for a vote. If approved, the bill will be submitted to the governor to be signed into law.
To learn more about puppy mills, visit humanesociety.org/puppymills.
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