Update June 23: Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski has made it official. He has signed the puppy mill bill into law.
For more on this historic law, read Animal Law Coalition’s reports below.
Update June 2: Oregon’s puppy mill bill passed the state Senate by a vote of 18-10. The bill is now awaiting GovernorÂ Ted Kulongoski’s signature.
The governor has said he will sign the bill.
Significantly, the bill would limit breeders to 50 intact dogs that are 2 years old or older. The bill also contains consumer protection provisions. For more on the bill’s requirements, read Animal Law Coalition’s report below.
A chief sponsor of the bill, H.B. 2470, state Sen. Vicki Walker, said puppy mills are a "significant contributor" to the overpopulation of unwanted pets particularly in view of how many dogs from the mills end up in public shelters. Some estimates put that number at 25% or more.Â Â Â Â Sen. President Peter Courtney and Sen. Diane Rosenbaum were alsoÂ sponsors.
For more on this historic legislation, read Animal Law Coalition’s earlier reports below.
Update May 20: The Oregon puppy mill bill, H.B. 2470 has now passed the Senate Consumer Protection and Public Affairs Committee. A vote before the full Oregon Senate is expected next week.Â
Update May 13: Oregon’s proposed puppy mill bill, H.B. 2470,Â passed the House of Representatives.Â Â
The version passed by the House would cap the number of breeding dogs a person could have for the "primary purpose of reproduction" at 50 dogsÂ 2 years of age or older.Â It wouldÂ beÂ prima facie evidence that a person possesses dogs for the primary purpose of reproduction if during a 12-month period the person sells, offers for sale, barters or exchanges more than three litters of dogs that are less than eight months of age.
Persons with 50 breeding dogs that are 8 months of age or older would be required to keepÂ detailed records.
The bill would otherwise regulate any breeder with 10 or more breeding dogs 8 months of age or older.Â Anyone withÂ 75Â dogs total must have at least one person working 8 hours each day to care for the dogs. The ratio of workers to dogs must be 1:75.Â Â
All dogs over 4 months of age must be provided withÂ one hour of exercise each day. This means walking on a leash or moving about freely.
Each dog must under this bill also be provided with "sufficient space to turn about freely, stand and sit and to lie down without the head, face, tail, legs or feet of the dog touching the sides of the enclosure or touching any other dog." The cage must be 6 inches higher than the head of the tallest dog when standing.Â Really just a cage for 23 hours each day.
The flooring for cages would be required to be solid, and cages could not be stacked or more than 42 inches off the floor.
There would also be requirements for veterinary care, sanitation, cleaning, and record keeping.
The bill also provides for consumer protection.