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January 5, 2010

Temporary Assistance Offered for Oregon Commercial Dog Breeders

Animal Welfare Groups Extend a Helping Hand

The Humane Society of the United States and the Oregon Humane Society are offering dog relocation assistance to commercial breeding facilities that need to downsize their operation in order to be in compliance with the new puppy mill law that went into effect Jan. 1.

Commercial puppy producing facility owners who require assistance in removing and transporting animals can contact their local shelter or The Humane Society of the United States directly. "We will work with shelters and rescues in the region to accept dogs from kennel owners in order to find them permanent homes," said Scott Beckstead, Oregon senior state director for The HSUS.

"The Oregon Humane Society urges breeders to do the right thing and contact us for assistance. We find homes for thousands of dogs each year, and we are ready to care for these dogs and place them in loving homes," said Sharon Harmon, executive director of the Oregon Humane Society. 

Oregon's new law sets a limit of 50 breeding dogs in large-scale production facilities and provides basic humane care standards such as prohibiting cage stacking and requiring solid cage flooring, daily exercise for the dogs and daily cage cleaning. The law also ensures protections for consumers that purchase a dog with a disease or congenital defect and requires pet stores to provide buyers with information regarding a dog's place of origin, health history and registration information. 

Oregon previously had no statewide law to regulate puppy mills. The new law cracks down on the worst abuses at large-scale puppy mills, and does not affect small-scale breeders.

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.
  • 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 breed rescue group, or visit a breeder's home and meet the puppy's parents.

More about puppy mills: humanesociety.org/puppymills.

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