May 19, 2009
Oregon Senate Committee Votes to Protect Dogs
The Humane Society of the United States applauds members of the Oregon Senate Consumer Protection Committee for passing legislation that strengthens penalties for animal abuse, including a provision that provides basic care standards for dogs at mass dog producing facilities known as puppy mills. The bill goes to the full Senate next for a vote. It passed the House by a vote of 46 to 13.
The Oregon Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act (H.B. 2470) provides basic protections for dogs in abusive puppy mills. The legislation sets a limit of 50 breeding dogs confined in large-scale production facilities, provides basic humane care requirements and ensures protections for consumers that purchase a dog with a disease or congenital defect. The bill also requires pet stores to provide buyers with information regarding a dog’s place of origin, health history and registration information. H.B. 2470 will not affect responsible hobby breeders, who already raise dogs humanely.
“Dogs should not be treated as production machines or cash crops in puppy mills,” said Scott Beckstead, The HSUS’ Oregon senior state director. “This legislation addresses the worst abuses to dogs, and we are grateful to the committee for passing it.”
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 by Sens. Peter Courtney, D-11; Vicki Walker, D-7; and Floyd Prozanski, D-4.
Puppy Mill Facts
- Dogs at puppy mills typically receive little to no medical care, live in squalid conditions with no exercise, socialization or human interaction and are confined inside cramped wire cages for life.
- Breeding dogs at puppy mills must endure constant breeding cycles and are typically confined for years on end, without ever becoming part of a family.
- There is little regard for the breeding dog’s health or any existing genetic conditions that may be passed on to the puppies.
- Dogs from puppy mills are sold in pet stores, online and directly to consumers with little to no regard for the dog’s health, genetic history or future welfare. Consumers should never buy a puppy from a pet store or Internet site; instead visit an animal shelter or screen a breeder’s facility in person.
- Louisiana, Pennsylvania and Virginia passed laws in 2008 to crack down on puppy mills.
- More than a dozen states are currently considering puppy mill legislation. State legislatures in Washington State and Indiana passed laws this year to crack down on puppy mills.
To learn more about puppy mills, visit humanesociety.org/puppymills.
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