- The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) suspended the license of Minnesota puppy mill owner, Kathy Bauck, for shipping thousands of sick dogs to local pet shops and several counts of animal cruelty. The catch: Although her license is suspended for 2years and her sentence was 90days, she only had to serve 20 days in jail (remaining 70 days only for parole violation) and can legally continue to sell dogs on the internet.
- Mississippi puppy mill owner was convicted of 43 counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty. Under his plea agreement, he paid a $1000 fine, shut down his kennels, and was banned from ever breeding dogs again.
- A federal court in Arizona orders racketeering lawsuit to proceed against Petland. According to numerous investigations, Petland has been selling unhealthy puppies to consumers but advertising them as healthy and from ‘high-quality’ breeders. Unfortunately, Petland’s main puppy supplier, puppy mill dog broker Hunte, Inc., was dismissed in the lawsuit. The Court is only allowing the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) and several state law claims to proceed forward with the lawsuit.
- Oregon has passed HB 2470 – Puppy Mill Regulations & Lemon Law, which strengthens its current laws by limiting breeders with max 50 of sexually intact dogs, 2yrs and older they may possess or control; ordered large-scale breeders to practice basic, humane animal care and detailed record-keeping; and created new sales rules for pet dealers (those who sell 5 or more litters of dogs in 1 year) and protections of buyers.
- Tenessee passed HB 386/SB 258 – Commercial Breeder Act: Puppy Mills that strengthens regulations for breeders that maintain 20 or more breeding female dogs or cats. Breeders are now required to operate as legitimate businesses by complying with state sales-tax requirements; offers consumer protections; and establishes yearly inspections and licensing to ensure humane care of dogs and cats in breeding facilities.
- West Hollywood City Council voted unanimously to prohibit the retail sales of dogs and cats at pet stores. This ordinance makes West Hollywood, already a leader in adopting laws that prevent animal cruelty, one of few US cities to completely close off any connection or channel for the sales of dogs and cats by large-scale breeders and puppy mills.
- Missouri’s Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act was launched and a historic campaign has begun. Named the “Puppy Mill Capital of America”, Missouri currently has over 2,000 puppy mills that practices inhumane care of its animals. In order for the Act to be on the November 2010 ballot, 13,000 signatures are needed by April 27, 2010. If the Act passes, the standards of care will increase while regulations are strengthened, such as: no more small cages stacked on top of each other, required outdoor exercise area, no wire flooring in cages, annual vet care, temperature parameters depending on season, breeding females will only have to produce up to 2 litters every 18months, and the max number of breeding dogs will be limited to 50. For more info, please contact Missourians for the Protection of Dogs: http://www.missourifordogs.com
So far so good for 2010! Let’s strive to get more and more updates like these this year!!