California puppy mill legislation is vetoed
California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has terminated that state’s attempt to to crack down on puppy mills, vetoing legislation that would have limited breeders and others to having no more than 50 adult dogs.
Six states have passed puppy mill legislation this year; California is the only one where the governor has vetoed it.
The Associated Press reported that Schwarzenegger said he feared the bill would criminalize the lawful activities of pet shops, kennels and groups that raise assistance dogs.
“This measure would make it a crime for any person or entity to own or control more than 50 unsterilized adult dogs or cats for breeding or raising for sale as pets,” Schwarzenegger wrote in his veto message. “I support measures designed to prevent animal cruelty and that punish persons engaged in the abuse of animals.”