Breeders Dump Dogs in Reaction to Wisconsin’s Puppy Mill Law

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One week before a new law takes effect regulating the number of dogs they are allowed to possess, breeders in Wisconsin are dumping dogs in record numbers – setting them loose to fend for themselves.

According to the new law, breeders who sell 25 or more dogs a year from more than three litters must apply for a license, and it’s quickly becoming apparent that a large number of them are not willing to subject to regulation as area shelters buckle under the weight of incoming abandoned purebreds. NBC15 reports on Wisconsin’s growing dog dumping epidemic.

128 thoughts on “Breeders Dump Dogs in Reaction to Wisconsin’s Puppy Mill Law”

  1. these people are bound and determined to contribute to the pet problems in one way or the other. either breeding or dumping. GGRRR.

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  2. I’m pretty sure greyhound breeders wouldn’t be doing this. But, continue to villify and demonize us 😉

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  3. ziggy, that is true. but GOOD, and ETHICAL breeders won’t be affected by this. they generally breed once a year, at most, and do not sell 25 dogs/puppies per year.

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    • You have to consider large breeds. They can have enormous litters and easily 15 – 16 pups. So, if they have two females with only one litter annually they can easily go over that number of 25. Lumping all breeds together is problematic. One size does not fit all.

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      • read the law. 3 litters AND more than 25 dogs. Here is wording from the actual statute: dog breeding facility” does not include a place at which dogs are bred and raised and from which 25 or more dogs are sold in a year if all of the dogs that are sold in a year are from no more than 3 litters. T’his goes for all who have commented on this thread and all who will comment in the future on any thread: Do your homeword first. Do not make a comment if you don’t know all the facts. The WI law does not require a license for hobby breeders, those who breed only one or two litters a year. This often includes those who show dogs. A champion female dog may be bred only once or twice in her lifetime. The owner of a champion female may breed that dog and that may be the only dog that person ever breeds or that person may breed only his or her champions and only sporadically. The WI law honors those who do this kind of responsible breeding. There are several small breeders in WI who breed only a litter or two a year, then train the pups before selling them. This is often true of those dogs bred for hunting and field work. The dog breeding is a hobby and these folks are not penalized. As a side note, a not so responsible breeder of Great Danes did call for assistance. The dogs were found to be in less than desirable conditions and the people responsible for the dogs, 4 adults, were charged with negect. This was within the past couple of days in Green County, WI.

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  4. Good law which will have some horrible stories coming from it as more and more people dump, kill, abandon these animals, more shelters will become filled and again more digs will die in result….the sad truth to an awesome law ment to end suffering.

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    • What ARE the regulations exactly—do the same regulations apply to rescues, shelters, dog boarding facilities, veterinarians, all who provide care for animals or are they “special” just for breeders? If they just apply to breeders (which it sounds like they do) why would that be if it is about regulating the humane care of animals? If it just applies to breeders—how easy are the license requirements to comply with? Do they just pay for a license and that is it—I imagine there is more to it that that—I am interested to know. Perhaps breeders think the dogs have a better shot being set free than at a shelter AND isn’t that exactly what PETA WANTS—for animals to be free to do their own thing and not be controlled by humans?

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  5. Agreed. NEVER EVER EVER buy a puppy from a pet store. Puppy mills sell to pet stores. NO responsible breeder would ever sell their puppies to a pet store. It’s too bad the Gov’t has to step in, but if that will help to put the puppy mills out of business I’m all for it!!!

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  6. Try days.

    Also, don’t forget about the breed rescues. You can find any breed you want from a rescue. Go to Petfinder.com!

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