Proposed Bill Could Weaken Wisconsin’s Puppy Mill Laws


A new bill is being circulated in Wisconsin that would ease restrictions on dog breeders, despite new laws being enacted in 2009 under Governor Jim Doyle to crack down on puppy mills in the state.

The bill, sponsored by Rep. Don Pridemore (R-Hartford), intends to quadruple the number of dogs that a breeder can have from 25 to 100 without requiring a license and would get rid of three inspectors who enforce the current law.

“Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca, D-Kenosha, called it ‘unfortunate’ that Pridemore would try to change the regulations when ‘the ink is barely dry on the law.’ He accused the GOP lawmaker of trying to ‘gut the bill completely’ by changing the rules and getting rid of several inspectors,” reports the Wisconsin State Journal.

Pridemore, who was, ironically, one of the co-sponsors of the new law,  says he’s not trying to encourage puppy mills, and the law would still go after them, but the new bill would make it easier for “hobby” breeders to operate.

Considering the number of pets who are killed every year simply because there are not enough homes, isn’t it backwards to encourage people to breed more and give more slack to an industry that’s proven time and again that it needs more regulation and not less? Also? What kind of “hobby” breeder has 25 dogs?

Please sign the petition below objecting to Rep. Pridemore’s proposal.

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G C.
G C.3 years ago

Rep. Don Pridemore needs to be caged, with two cages stacked on top of his, and after he has taken many urine showers from the caged above, he might change his mind on this bill. Anyone sponsoring this bill deserves far worse. After all, this is what the poor, innocent animals live in day after day, along with all the other horrific crud they are put through. What a moron!

Carole R.
Carole R.4 years ago

Awful. Noted and signed.

Heather O.
Heather O.4 years ago


Dianne D.
Dianne D.4 years ago

Petition signed July 28th. Now that 2 more Republicans are out of jobs in Wisconsin, maybe legislature will be a little more animal friendly. Republican politicians have no use for animals, wildlife or the environment. They seem to think that these things get in the way of making money.

Denise Dunlap
Denise Dunlap4 years ago

Don't they think of anything other than the almighty dollar???

KrassiAWAY B.
Krasimira B.4 years ago

Petition already signed.

Lika S.
Lika S.4 years ago

Wisconsin Republicans in general are seriously trying to MESS UP the freaking state on purpose just to try to say how they either helped, or how they can fix it better than the democrats..

dawn w.
Dawn W.4 years ago

Two steps forward,one step back,or maybe two steps back.Petition signed & tweeted.

Anja N.
Justin R.4 years ago

Sorry I voted Yes but meant NO!!!!

Governments must step in! Eliminate breeders there are too many dogs in shelters. Those who only can love a special breed don't deserve to have any pets at all. True love for animals is unconditional!

Grace Adams
Grace Adams4 years ago

Many states charge higher license fees for sexually intact dags than for spayed or neutered dogs. If I am not mistaken, in New York state, dogs do more damage to agriculture than any one other species of pest, and the dog license fees go to compensate farmers for damage caused by dogs. Sexually intact dogs are more of a hazard to agriculture because they breed increasing the number of feral dogs. The difference in license fees should be enough to make it cheaper the first year to get the dog neutered or spayed rather than keep it intact. Some one who wants to buy a bitch and breed it once as part of their children's sex education should have to pay enough for the privilege to discourage the practice.