USDA Helping to Fight Puppy Mills with New Regulations on Online Breeders

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puppymillNew legislation announced on Tuesday is helping to fight against puppy mills by cracking down on breeders who sell puppies over the internet.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced new regulations that will close a loophole in the federal Animal Welfare Act that had exempted internet sellers. The new regulations will extend federal oversight to puppy mills that do business online. Anyone who breeds more than four female dogs and sells puppies online will now be required to have a federal license which will hold them to the same standard as large-scale wholesale breeders.

The change was spurred when the USDA did a series of inspections of breeding facilities in 2010. The inspections found awful conditions at many of the breeding facilities. Up until this point many breeders who operate online have avoided inspection by classifying themselves as retail pet stores, which do not require licensing because buyers are supposed to be able to see the animals before they buy them.

Now with these new regulations, online sellers will either need to make their selling location open to buyers for inspection to actually qualify as a commercial pet store or they will need to obtain a license which will require a federal inspection.

The USDA says the new rules will affect thousands of dog breeders and is another step in stopping puppy mills.

“There are hundreds of thousands of dogs languishing in small wire cages, denied vet care and exposed to the elements that literally had no protection under federal law,” said Wayne Pacelle, president of the Humane Society of the United States. “This turns that around.”

3 thoughts on “USDA Helping to Fight Puppy Mills with New Regulations on Online Breeders”

  1. There is a puppy miller in Memhis, Tennessee who sells Dobermen, Boxers, Dashounds, and Sharpie. This person was convicted and still sells dogs and is doing the same thing. She takes deposits and doe not deliver. She uses false information in her ads. She uses alliases.
    The websites Doberman Talk and Gentle Doeman are great places and will help you make a decision on buying a quality Doberman. they have nformation on puppy mills, too.

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  2. I dont mind the responsible breeders of the breeds you dont see very often but puppy millers and backyard breeders need to be stopped. Everyone who wants to breex should be required to have a license and steps should be taking that parent dogs and puppies are healthy. I worked at an animal hospital for two years and we had a very good respinsible standard poodle breeder. Momma dog was only bred every two to three years. Both mom and dad were brought in every year for exams and vaccines and on heartworm prevention. Puppies stayed with their mom until twelve weeks old and were brought in for all their puppy vaccines and to get there health certificates before going to new homes. Unlike today where I saw a guy on facebook who had three litters of pit bull pups and they were outside laying in the dirt and the poor momma dog looked exhausted and you could see her ribs. Now I know some dogs loose weight while nursing puppies and im not trying to bash him or anything cause maybe he does take his dogs to the vet but by his facebook page and the stuff I saw it looks like they dnt get any vet care. I love pits but I just think there are to many. When im able to im gnna adopt two from our local shelter.

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