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Pennsylvania approves puppy mill bill

Pennsylvania lawmakers approved a bill Wednesday that makes sweeping improvements to the care and housing of dogs in commercial kennels.

The “puppy mill” bill (H.B. 2525), covers roughly 650 commercial breeding kennels, most of them in Lancaster and Chester Counties.

The new law bans wire flooring in cages, doubles the minimum cage size, eliminates cage stacking, and requires regular exercise and semiannual veterinary care for thousands of dogs, according to the Allentown Morning Call.

The new standards for cage size and flooring go into effect in one year. Some other provisions won’t go into effect for three years. A provision that allows only veterinarians to euthanize dogs in commercial breeding kennels will take effect immediately.

Though watered down from its original version, the new law is an advancement for animal welfare, supporters said.
”This is the day that we eliminate” Pennsylvania’s reputation ”as the puppy mill capital of the East,” said Rep. James Casorio, D-Westmoreland, the prime sponsor. ”The mistreatment of thousands and thousands and thousands of dogs kept in deplorable and inhumane [conditions] will no longer stand.”

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Comment from Anne-n-Spencer
Time October 10, 2008 at 1:38 pm

It’s about time! Every step in the right direction is a good step.

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