The issue of inhumane dog and cat breeding in Minnesota
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- Minnesota is among the top producers of puppies in the nation — with some breeding kennels housing 300, 600, or more than 1,000 dogs. Kittens are also mass-produced in Minnesota.
- Minnesota has no state laws to license, inspect or regulate the dog and cat breeding industry. This lack of oversight does not allow law enforcement or humane agents to stop the abuse and neglect before it starts.
- While reputable breeders invest in the health, safety and well-being of the animals, unscrupulous and negligent breeders cut corners in their operations to maximize sales and profits — creating substandard and deplorable breeding conditions.
- Unhealthy dogs and cats are sold to unsuspecting consumers who end up paying thousands of dollars in veterinarian costs.
REGULATION IS NEEDED
A law is needed to protect dogs, cats, puppies and kittens from inhumane breeding practices and conditions. The Dog and Cat Breeder Regulation Bill (S.F. 462/H.F. 702) authored by Senator Barb Goodwin and Representative John Lesch will regulate the dog and cat breeding industry in Minnesota through:
- Licensing. Require commercial dog and cat breeders in Minnesota to be licensed.
- Inspections and enforcement. Give the Minnesota Board of Animal Health the authority to inspect commercial dog and cat breeding facilities and enforce existing state laws to ensure animal care standards are met.
- Penalties. Impose civil, administrative and criminal penalties for those who violate the law.
A message from veteran AHS Humane Agent Keith Streff providing additional insight into the complications a lack of oversight creates in keeping Minnesota companion animals healthy and safe.
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