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Take Action Today! Support Legislation to Regulate Puppy Mills in Minnesota!


My dog Daisy who came from a puppy mill after having litter after litter

Here in Minnesota it is Take Action Day! What does that mean? It means we need you to take action to help pass one very important piece of legislation – MN Dog and Cat Breeder Regulation Bill (S.F. 462 / H.F. 702).

Call, e-mail, write a letter – it doesn’t matter which (Heck, do all three!) but it is important that you let your legislators know that you want them to pay attention to and support this bill. Don’t know who your state representative and senator are? Go HERE.

The 2011 Dog and Cat Breeder Regulation Bill (S.F. 462/H.F. 702) will provide:
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 the health and safety of dogs and cats.
Penalties — Impose civil, administrative and criminal penalties for those who violate the law

Both the Senate (S.F. 462) and House (H.F. 702) bill are what is called companion bills. This means, when first introduced, the bill language for each is identical. As the bills move through the process, the language for each may change through amendments — depending on what Senators or Representatives want.

Have more questions? You can go here to learn more.

You can also watch the debate (link below) over the legislation that appeared on Fox 9 News on March 2nd.
http://www.myfoxtwincities.com/video/videoplayer.swf?dppversion=7885

State Reps. Debate Puppy Mill Bill: MyFoxTWINCITIES.com

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  1. March 2, 2011 at 3:46 AM

    Best of luck and may the DOGS win!

    • Mel
      March 2, 2011 at 8:29 AM

      Thank you! I hope they do!

  2. Karen Hollebrands
    March 2, 2011 at 4:16 AM

    Thank you SO much for the information and also the links to my MN representatives!!

    • Mel
      March 2, 2011 at 8:28 AM

      You’re welcome Karen!

  3. Cherry Markovich
    March 2, 2011 at 8:50 PM

    We are strongly in support of legislation not only eliminating puppy/animal mills but providing law enforcement agencies the power to enforce the new law as a misdemeanor or felony, depending on the severity of the problem. One need only watch Animal Planet to see how desperate the animal abuse/neglect problem is in this country. Only after spending many hundreds of dollars at a local pet shop for a new puppy to fill the grief void of losing our previous loving pet did we realize that the owner stocks his cages from local puppy mills. Using a “distributor” allows them to skirt disclosing where the animals actually come from. We need to follow the examples of many other states and stop these greedy and/or ignorant behaviors at the expense of the lives of innocent creatures.

  4. Devon
    March 2, 2011 at 11:34 PM

    Please don’t accept Animal Ark’s interpretations regarding the other bill. This is a pissing match between them and other groups in the state–very common behavior from AA and its management.

    AnimalFolks is not going to derail anything that would regulate puppy mills, for heaven’s sake. That’s been its whole mission. The bill they support is simply better for the animals. It will require licensing for any operation having more than 10 dogs. The other bill’s minimum is 20. And remember, as the bill goes through the process, these numbers are likely to increase as compromise is sought, so it’s better to start with a lower number.

    If you want to protect more animals, then support 482 and 702.

    • Mel
      March 3, 2011 at 7:51 AM

      Devon – Thanks for your response. I have since spoken with AnimalFolksMN and now support their bill. I’m sorry that this turned into a pissing match at all. In my opinion, the animals should always be front and center, not the self-promotion of one person or group over another for self-aggrandizement. I have changed all my links and wording to reflect support for 462 and 702 (you mentioned 482 above). I am sorry that I was misinformed and mislead.

  5. Mark
    March 4, 2011 at 7:13 AM

    Excellent. AA and Fry have lost my support because it is all about the drama for them – man, that is getting tired. The divisiveness is incredible – not a word spoken other than to shoot down and destroy dissent or potentially meaningful conversation about a supposedly shared concern.

    Way to go, Mel. I also support the bills supported by AnimalFolks and AHS.

    • Mel
      March 4, 2011 at 7:25 AM

      Thanks for your comments Mark. Personally, if it’s not about the animals then I want no part of it. Drama and self-aggrandizement has no place in animal rescue in my opinion.

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