Bipartisan Package Would Have Prevented Allegan County ˜Puppy Mill'
Lansing- Nearly 350 dogs, 12 cats and two birds were removed from a Cheshire Township home on Monday, April 9, by animal control and transported to an Allegan County animal shelter.
“This travesty could have been prevented, and similar occurrences will be prevented when my measure, Senate Bill 891 is signed into law,” said Senator Steve Bieda (D-Warren).
SB 892, sponsored by Senator Rick Jones (R- Grand Ledge), would require “puppy mills” with more than 15 female dogs to be inspected by the Department of Agriculture. SB 892 along with SB 891, is a bipartisan package of bills which addresses problems with large scale breeding in Michigan.
Puppy mills are currently defined as any breeding operation that houses more than 50 animals. 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-floored cages for life. There is little regard in puppy mills for the dogs' health or any existing genetic conditions that may be passed on to the puppies.
Over the past three years, 16 states have passed new laws to crack down on puppy mills, including Kansas, Oklahoma and Missouri. “Dogs are a companion animal, not a farm crop raised for food,” said state Sen. Rick Jones. “If they are abused in ˜puppy mills' then they develop behavior problems. The family that buys them suffers too. This legislation is about consumer protection as well as the humane treatment of dogs.”
“We would like to commend the Allegan County Animal Shelter and all the volunteers who are helping to clean these animals up,” said Jones and Bieda. “Anyone who wishes to make donations should contact the Allegan County Animal Shelter.”