Open Letter to Dog Breeders and Purebred Dog Fanciers in Michigan
Join MHS in Establishing Much-Needed Oversight for Large-Scale Commercial Dog Breeding Establishments in Michigan
The Michigan Humane Society (MHS) invites the many individuals across our state who responsibly breed purebred dogs and/or engage in dog club-related shows and sporting events as fanciers to join us in establishing much-needed oversight for large-scale commercial dog breeding establishments in Michigan.
We share with you the deepest appreciation for, and commitment to, the well-being of dogs and the active engagement of dogs and humans in mutually pleasurable activities that strengthen the human-dog relationship. While we support responsible breeding of dogs, we abhor irresponsible puppy production that results in animal suffering and increased dog homelessness.
All dogs have intrinsic value, regardless of their age, genetics or sale price, and therefore deserve responsible and appropriate humane care. It is our duty as humans and dog lovers to ensure that all dogs, including those used for breeding purposes, live good lives and that their offspring are sold and placed responsibly so as not to add to the number of homeless dogs. While MHS does not seek to establish regulation of small-scale breeders, we are concerned about the large-scale commercial dog breeding establishments in our state.
Over the past few years, several states have passed legislation to regulate large-scale dog breeders and to establish an upper limit on the number of dogs that can be housed in a commercial breeding facility. We believe that any legislative approach should come from within Michigan, and we are actively seeking input from a wide variety of Michigan-based stakeholders.
Please share your thoughts with us by completing the form below. Your opinion is important to us and will be taken into account as we develop appropriate legislation to address concerns about large-scale commercial dog breeding facilities.