Louisiana Enacts Puppy Mill Bill

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.

Click here for a copy of the current version of H.B. 1193.

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.

Click here to find Louisiana Senators, including your own if you live in that state. Write or call and urge them to support H.B. 1193.  


You don’t need to wait for a law. Click here to read about Oprah’s show on puppy mills and the 16 things you can do right now to stop the horrific trade in companion animals.

2 thoughts on “Louisiana Enacts Puppy Mill Bill”

  1. Gee whiz… a tiny fee for licensing and breeders can not have more than SEVENTY-FIVE breeding dogs. What a waste of time! Mr. Ritchie–why not come up with some REAL dog friendly legislation?! Perhaps then Louisiana can come out of the dark ages as far as animal cruelty/humane services and not have to kill so many thousands of stray and unwanted animals.

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