Legislators cracking down on puppy mills - WNEM TV 5

Legislators cracking down on puppy mills

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(Source: ASPCA) (Source: ASPCA)

Dog lover David Redfern said he has first-hand experience with puppy mills.

"Smelly, disgusting, not cleanly," Redfern said.

He encountered one when shopping for a new pet.

"Cages stacked four or five high, dogs in the cages, it was really bad," Redfern said.

That's why he supports legislation passed by the state House that would work to curb these sort of animal horrors.

This new legislation is focused on trying to save little dogs just like Ella.

It's House Bill 4898:

  • It would require large breeders to actually pay a fee.
  • They'd have to register with the state.
  • It would prohibit selling puppies less than eight weeks old.
  • And mandate vaccinations, along with minimal standards of care.

Jeannie Wolicki-Nichols is head of the Humane Society of Bay County.

"My feeling is, and the Humane Society's feeling is, we wish we didn't have puppy mills at all," Wolicki-Nichols said.

Her organization, as well as their counterpart in Midland County, support the move.

"We already are killing millions of animals in this country every year, because there are no homes. So we don't need more animals being born in puppy mills," Wolicki-Nichols said.

Redfern, who just rescued a dog, hopes the legislation will keep more of them out of the pound.

"Keeps them from running around, too. It keeps the owners accountable," Redfern said.

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