New Puppy Mill Law Passed in Texas
Recently, Texas passed a bill that establishes minimum standards for the human handling, care, housing, and transportation of dogs and cats by breeders of large-scale commercial breeding facilities, aka “puppy mills.” Texas commercial dog and cat breeders have always operated free of state oversight, meaning the animals at most of these facilities are unprotected.
The Commercial Dog and Cat Breeders Act (CDCBA) was signed into law by Texas Governor Ricky Perry. The law applies to large-scale cat and dog breeders who maintain 11 or more female breeding animals and sell 20 or more animals per year. When this new law goes into effect in September, many commercial breeding facilities will have to open their doors to inspectors for the first time.
The bill, HB 1451, which was passed on June 17, requires that enclosures for dogs have adequate drainage, are made out of safe materials, and have enough space for them to comfortably stand, sit, turn around, and lie down in a natural position. The ASPCA worked with The Texas Humane Legislation Network and The Humane Society of the United States to support this bill.
“Texas was one of the last states without a law concerning commercial breeding operations, so the passing of the bill marks a new era in the Lone Star State,” said Jill Buckley, senior director of Government Relations for the ASPCA. “The public has become aware of the horrible conditions inside puppy mills and is no longer willing to tolerate animal cruelty in the dog-breeding industry. Texans truly care about their pets and will not stand for cruelty in their commercial kennels.”