Rep. Miller Cosponsors Bill to Crackdown on Puppy Mills

Washington, Mar 15, 2013 - As a longtime dog owner, it disturbs me to hear nightmare stories of inhumane treatment and poor living conditions that are occurring at large, unregulated commercial breeding kennels. Unfortunately, loopholes in current law allow commercial breeders to sell puppies and older dogs without any oversight to ensure that the animals are being properly treated and cared for. This week, I cosponsored H.R. 847, the Puppy Uniform Protection Statute (PUPS), which would require any breeder who sells or offers to sell more than fifty dogs annually to the public – including over the Internet – to be licensed and inspected. The bill would also require that dogs housed in commercial breeding facilities have appropriate space and daily exercise. I support this legislation because it will crack down on unscrupulous breeders who are putting profit ahead of animal welfare.

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