Spotty and even non-existent enforcement of existing regulations must be corrected;
Legislation is needed to close loopholes in existing laws.
According to a study conducted by the Humane Society of the United States, approximately 2 million puppies are sold annually who originate in puppy mills. View the study results
At the federal level, the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) regulates sales of dogs to pet stores; however, it does not cover breeders selling directly to the public. A bill before congress, the PUPS Act (SB.395) could partially address this need. Learn more about PUPS
Many states and municipalities have passed some legislation to regulate this industry; however few cover the untold numbers of small backyard breeders who supply such a large number of animals to the marketplace and… especially….often to prospective pet owners totally unprepared for the responsibilities of pet ownership See Backyard Breeding
According to the ASPCA, 1.8 million to 2.4 million dogs are euthanized each year in the United States.
Currently, 35 states have laws regulating breeders, and improved federal regulations are in the works. Thanks to efforts by both professional staff and volunteers, euthanasia rates are about half of what they were in 1970. Still, much more work needs to be done.