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ALERT: Attention Michigan Dog Owners and Breeders!
Posted on 11/03/2015 in Your Dog, Your Rights.

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For immediate release
ALERT: Attention Michigan Dog Owners and Breeders!

For more information, email doglaw@ukcdogs.com

KALAMAZOO, Mich., November 3, 2015 – HB 4898, the poorly written bill that adds “large scale dog breeders” to the current pet shop and shelter law, has passed out of committee and is now in the Michigan House of Representatives. This bill has possible negative implications for dog owners.

UKC commends the idea and intent behind House Bill 4898, which seeks to improve the current law regulating pet shops and animal shelters, but is very concerned about the definition of “large-scale dog breeding kennel.” The bill defines “large scale dog breeders” as those with more than 15 intact females over 4 months old used for the primary purpose of breeding, but provides no exception for breeders/kennels with performance, hunting, show, or other purpose-bred dogs. A working kennel that happens to meet the threshold for intact females could be swept into this definition regardless of how much they actually breed; for example, a bird dog kennel with 16 intact females under a year in for training or still in development to determine whether they fit the breeding program could be considered a “large-scale dog breeding kennel.” A focus on the number of dogs sold would be a more sensible definition and target the “commercial” breeders that this bill is intended to encompass. “Large scale dog breeders” will have to become licensed under this bill and adhere to as-yet unwritten regulations and standards that could vastly change housing and husbandry requirements.

While there are many good regulations for shelters (requiring health records and vaccinations for dogs imported from out of state) and pet shops, the bill unnecessarily and over-inclusively brings breeders into the pet shop and shelter law. Current cruelty and neglect laws carry more teeth against the bad actors this bill is intended for. Enforcement of HB 4898, without a more narrowly-tailored definition, will be vast due to high number of breeders unnecessarily brought in through the current overly broad and vague definition, and will be burdensome and costly to the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development that already cannot effectively inspect, register, and regulate the current load of pet shops and shelters.

Please take action now and urge your Representative to vote no on HB 4898. Find your representative here:
http://house.michigan.gov/mhrpublic/

Questions? doglaw@ukcdogs.com

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