NJ legislation expands puppy mill crack down

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The New Jersey legislature is expanding pet laws to crack down on so-called “puppy mills.”

The measure says you can’t sell animals unless they’re bred in facilities that meet certain standards. Currently it applies only to pet stores but the rule would be extended to cover any pet dealers that sell five or more dogs or cats a year in New Jersey.

Amy Jesse with the Humane Society of the United States believes it’s the most comprehensive puppy mill sales bill ever introduced in a state legislature.

“It would bring those who sell puppy mill puppies over the internet, over the phone, and other indirect methods under regulation.”

Jesse says the bill provides stricter penalties.

Barbara Reichman with the National Animal Interest Alliance and Linda Deutsch with the New Jersey Federation of Dog Clubs feel that the legislation is an overreach that could force small home-based breeders out of business. Deutsch hopes that the legislation can be “modified for a home hobby breeder”.

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