Two recent cases of abandonment that left a total of 92 dogs along roadsides in Denton County, Texas have once again highlighted the need to stop the mass production of pets, but some still disagree about regulating breeders.
51 Maltese mixed breed dogs were found by police in Flower Mound and were followed by the nearby discovery of 41 Cavalier King Spaniels near Sanger who were all described to be in pretty rough shape with matted coats covered in feces and urine, dental problems and other health issues. Yet, they were all still described as sweet tempered.
They’re believed to have been abandoned by one or more puppy mill breeders who wanted to ditch the business in a hurry due to new regulations in the state.
Under the Dog and Cat Breeders Act, otherwise known as the Texas Puppy Mill Bill, that went into effect on September 1, breeders are required to register with Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation when they have 11 or more breeding females or sell 20 or more puppies and kittens during a 12-month period. Under these regulations, breeders will also have to submit to an onsite inspection before they are able to get a license.
“Unfortunately, there are a few of these really bad breeders who know they’re not going to pass inspections and are trying to get out of the business fast,” Peggy Brown, coordinator of community outreach and education for the Humane Society told NBC News.
Strangely, some are blaming the regulations for the dumping of these dogs, instead of acknowledging that the new law didn’t cause the problem, but exposed breeders who shouldn’t be in business in the first place.
The Responsible Pet Owners Alliance (RPOA) believes the new regulations are part of an extremist agenda to stop breeding altogether and is going a step further by filing a lawsuit in federal court against the state of Texas and Frank Denton, Chairman of Commissioners of the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulations. They want the new law to be declared as unconstitutional and invalid.
“This new law tramples on important constitutional rights,” said Executive Director Mary Beth Duerler in a statement, “and will have a negative impact on the state’s economy; affecting veterinarians, pet supply stores, groomers, pet sitters, and sales taxes. ”
The group is opposed to warrantless searches of breeders’ property, different regulations for different breeds, the denial of licenses without the possibility of appeal and the fact that breeders will have to submit to and pass a criminal background check.
Evidently, they believe leaving dogs in conditions like this are perfectly acceptable and breeders should be able to operate with impunity.
As for the abandoned dogs, being dumped on the side of the road may, ironically, have been the best thing to ever happen to them as they are now receiving the love and care they need from the Humane Society of Flower Mound, the Humane Society of North Texas and several rescue groups in the state who are preparing them for new lives in forever homes.
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