A new bill, The Puppy Protection Act, was introduced into Congress that would protect commercial breeding dogs and amend the Animal Welfare Act. U.S. Reps. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) and Guy Reschenthaler (R-PA) led a bipartisan coalition to protect puppies and puppy mills.
“It’s crucial we stand up for animals — both as individuals and as a society. That means strengthening important regulations under the Animal Welfare Act to meet this goal,” Rep. Fitzpatrick said. “As a member of the congressional Animal Protection Caucus, I’m committed to ensuring our government is doing its part to promote animal welfare.”
The bill would improve federal standards for breeding practices, veterinary care, housing, and regulations for placement and socialization of breeding dogs. The bill has been supported by animal welfare groups.
The Puppy Protection Act would require standards of care improvements for breeders, including spacious dog runs, solid floors, and regular feedings.
“The pandemic has seen a significant surge in the number of American homes adopting pets from animal shelters and rescue groups. Unfortunately, it has also increased the number of animals purchased, so tens of thousands of puppies and mother breeding dogs are living in deplorable conditions in puppy mills across the country to meet this demand,” said Sara Amundson, president of the Humane Society Legislative Fund.
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