HB 4898 and SB 339
Help MHS keep puppy mills out of Michigan by supporting bills HB 4898 and SB 339
November 19, 2015
The Michigan Humane Society, the Michigan Association of Animal Control Officers, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and other organizations and individuals are continuing to fight for Michigan legislation that will protect dogs and puppies in large-scale breeding facilities and prevent new puppy mills from setting up shop in our state.
Please help us protect dogs by supporting HB 4898 and SB 339!
HB 4898 (sponsor: Rep. McCready, R–Bloomfield Hills) and SB 339 (sponsor: Sen. Bieda, D–Warren) would require large-scale dog breeders to register their facilities with the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development and follow existing care guidelines already in place that apply to animal shelters and pet shops. Currently, large-scale breeders are not subject to any animal care standards and, in recent years, law enforcement has had to rely on Michigan’s anti-cruelty laws to address the appalling conditions at some Michigan breeding facilities.
States surrounding Michigan have passed laws regulating puppy mills. It is imperative that a similar law be enacted here so that our state does not become a “safe haven” for disreputable breeders who do not properly care for their animals and sell puppies that suffer from serious medical and temperament problems.
How You Can Help:
Please contact your Michigan legislators in support of both bills. To find your representative and/or senator, please visit www.michiganhumane.org/reps.
Let your elected officials know that we don’t want puppy mills in Michigan!