Update July 10, 2008: This bill limiting dog breeders to 75 breeding dogs at a time has become law! It passed the Senate and became effective without the governor’s signature on July 8, 2008.
For more on this new law read Animal Law Coalition’s original report below.
Original report: By a vote of 100-0, the Louisiana House of Representatives has passed a bill limiting the breeding of dogs. H.B. 1193 would require all persons or businesses with 5 or more dogs that breeds and sell dogs to obtain a license and pay a fee ranging from $15-$30. Persons or businesses that breed, buy or sell dogs can have no more than 75 breeding dogs over the age of 1 at any one time.
The bill now goes to the Louisiana Senate.
This bill will help the state and local governments keep track of all but the smallest breeders. It is a start to the push to limit the commercial breeding. Unlike other states like Pennsylvania where breeding kennels with thousands of dogs are allowed, Louisiana will not permit the large puppy mills to operate there. Virginia passed a similar restriction this year, limiting the number of dogs commercial breeders can keep to 50.
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