Westchester lawmakers want to combat 'puppy mills'

By: Cara Matthews

September 29, 2014

Legislation proposed by several Westchester County lawmakers would strengthen protections against sales of dogs from "puppy mills" and set standards for care and feeding of cats and dogs for sale.

New Rochelle pet lover and animal activist Dianne Heim said she was surprised to learn that when she complained about a pet store she suspected sold puppy mill dogs that city officials had no authority to intervene.

Miami-Dade imposes new rules for puppy sales

BY Douglas Hanks


How much is that doggie in the window — also, was it imported from Colombia?

A new Miami-Dade law requires pet shops to advertise the source of dogs for sale, a measure designed to flag some far-flung providers of local puppies.

With Colombia the top exporter of dogs into the United States and a heavy user of Miami ports, local regulators expect to see Bogota show up as a puppy source in Miami-Dade. Backers of the new law say it will give potential dog buyers a chance to research breeders and rethink whether it makes sense to buy.

New law requires out-of-state sellers to submit health certificates for imported dogs

Monday September 22nd, 2014

By DogTime

It used to be California was one of only two states that did not require imported dogs to be inspected and issued health certificates upon entry into the state. That will change when a new law goes into effect on January 1, 2015.

The bill AB 1809, sponsored by Assemblyman Brian Maienschein (R-San Diego), was just signed by Governor Jerry Brown. The law will require out-of-state animal dealers who sell dogs to California consumers or retailers to submit health certificates to county health departments

I worked for a puppy mill

Puppy mill dog

By Josiah M. Hesse Sep 15 2014

For one week during the winter of 2005, I worked for a puppy mill. A friend and I had been hired to drive a van across the country—the company served as a middleman between major dog-breeding facilities in Iowa and various stores between there and New York City. When I signed up for the job, I had no idea that I would be committing a crime, nor that I would be participating in an industry of torture that would haunt me forever.

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