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Don’t Let The Texas Puppy Mill Bill Die

Don’t Let The Texas Puppy Mill Bill Die

Last week a raid on an alleged puppy mill in Texas discovered 50 dogs living in filthy urine soaked pens without access to food or water.  The owner of the property, Margaret Boyd, had been convicted of animal cruelty in 2009 after 500 dogs were seized from her breeding facility when they were found living in squalor.

After reading this news you would think the passage of H.B. 1451, the Texas Puppy Mill Bill, would be a slam dunk for legislators, but that is not the case.
The bill which was introduced by Representative Senfronia Thompson (D-Houston) and passed in the House in such a heated debate, it may not make it to the Senate for a vote before the session ends. 

The controversy has gotten so bad, its strongest opponent Rep. David Simpson (R-Longview) refers to the bill as “dog Gestapo.”

H.B. 1451 is actually pretty tame in comparison to some of the regulations in the 33 states that have already passed legislation for dog breeders.  The requirements are:

  1. Breeders must obtain a license if they have 11 or more breeding female dogs or cats.
  2. Breeders must provide enough space in an enclosure for an animal to comfortably stand, sit, turn around and lie down in a natural position.
  3. Cages cannot be stacked to prevent feces and urine from higher cages falling onto lower ones.
  4. Each breeding animal would be examined by a veterinarian once a year.
  5. A criminal background check would be completed for each applicant.
  6. Each licensed facility would be inspected annually.

Wayne Pacelle, president of the Humane Society of the United States told the Houston Press:

“Representative Thompson has worked closely with the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation…on the bill’s language to ensure that the regulatory system set up within the bill will be implemented and enforced. In addition, HB 1451 allows for Third Party Inspectors to assist with performing the inspections and with enforcement of the provisions within the bill. These third party inspectors will be employees of other state agencies and local law enforcement or fire departments.”

Even with all of this diligent work, Simpson managed to knock the bill off the House calendar twice before it finally passed with a vote of 95-44.  He complained the legislation would be a financial hardship for the state and wouldn’t stop animal abuse.

Pacelle reminded everyone that Texas already has an Animal Cruelty Statute to address the mistreatment of animals.  He calls the Puppy Mill Bill a “proactive measure — which ensures that the animals are provided basic humane treatment on a day-to-day basis.”

The future of H.B. 1451 may ultimately come down to political influence. Rep. Thompson is the “second-most-senior” member of the House, serving since 1973.  Since passing the House, the bill has been assigned to the Senate Committee on Criminal Justice chaired by Sen. John Whitmire (D). 

Take Action /There are several ways to help.

Sign the Petition – Don’t Let The Texas Puppy Mill Die

Texans who want to make their opinion about HB 1451 known to Sen. Whitmire should contact him at: John.whitmire@senate.state.tx.us.  The Animal Law Coalition also recommends writing or faxing letters to the Texas state senator for your area.  Click Here to find your representative.

Note: The dog pictured above was rescued from last week’s puppy mill raid.  The suggestion for this story came from a Care2 member who read: Convicted Animal Abuser Busted For Owning Puppy Mill

 

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4:12PM PDT on Oct 17, 2012

Puppy mills are grubby money-making enterprises, exploiting animals for profit. The analogy I would make is with exploiters of child labour, sexual slavery, and people traffickers. They are all in it for monetary gain. Grubby, exploitative ciminals

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7:01PM PDT on Jun 1, 2011

GOVERNMENT HAS SHOWN REGULATION FROM WITHIN IS NOT FAR FROM ENRON OR OTHERS LIKE IT. GOVERNMENT ENTITIES NEED TO MAKE ELEMENTARY EDUCATION OF DECISION/ELECTION IS ROBUST IN A BIG PLATFORM BILL. AND NOT TO BELITTLE LIFE IN ANY FORM AND WHAT IT STANDS FOR - NOT PERPETUATE ITS DEATH EITHER.

6:55PM PDT on Jun 1, 2011

POLL QUESTION IS A SLAM DUNK; SAME REASON GOVERNMENT SHOULD NOT REGULATE ITSELF.

6:22PM PDT on May 28, 2011

Shut down the puppy mills!

9:40AM PDT on May 27, 2011

Regulate breeders and shut down the mills!

9:09AM PDT on May 26, 2011

why is one dog different than 10 or 50 or 100, it should be the same for all and it should benefit the animal(s).

7:45AM PDT on May 26, 2011

I'm tired of people whining about government interfering with their 'lives'. We have plenty of personal freedom in the US. Animals should not have to suffer for our grain or pleasure. I'm fed up with these wild west states that want to live like in the good old days, guns, killing wolves. Move on and grow up.

8:00PM PDT on May 25, 2011

I said it before and I will say it again. Why rae breeders in business when we have 8 millions dogs being killed every year! and so many strays. Please rescue dont buy save a life! pet over population will never stop if we have breeders in business, owners not neutering or spaying their dogs. And all the killing at shelters, they are paying with their life sbecause of so many negligence from everywere and everyone .....very upseting......

1:03PM PDT on May 21, 2011

"Pacelle reminded everyone that Texas already has an Animal Cruelty Statute to address the mistreatment of animals." If Texas already has animal cruelty laws that affect "every" animal owner (not just those who have 11 intact females), why are we not making sure these laws are enforced instead of creating more? If the current animal cruelty laws are not being enforced, why would we think that HB 1451 would be enforced? Seems like we would want to work on more enforcement of animal cruelty laws that are already on the books.

Also HB1451 requires anyone who owns 11 intact females to be subject to unannounced warrantless searches. This means that responsible breeders, who keep their pets in their homes, would now be subject to WARRANTLESS searches OF THEIR HOMES. I think this is ridiculous and needs to be amdended.

Also, this law allows the Licensing agency to give powers for these searches to OTHER agencies including animal control agencies. Considering the disgustingly horrible abuses that we are seeing from animal control agencies, do you really want these agencies to have the power to search your home? Do you really want these people deciding what is inhumane when they themselves are treating animals inhumanely in shelters? I do not.

This bill clearly needs more amendments before it should be passed, if it should be passed at all.

We should not just jump on the bandwagon just because someone proclaims this is a "Puppymill bill". Read all of it first.

1:01PM PDT on May 21, 2011

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