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Humane Treatment of Dogs by Dealers Defined

Humane Treatment of Dogs by Dealers Defined

Name: Puppy Protection Act of 2017

Bill Number: HR 4693

This bill would amend the Animal Welfare Act to provide for the humane treatment of dogs kept in an animal dealer’s facility. New standards would require solid flooring, sufficient indoor space to stand, temperature control, nutritious food, potable water and exercise each day, as well as socialization with humans. These standards would also require veterinary care and treatment, and safe breeding practices with no more than two litters for a dog in an 18-month period.

Animal dealers impacted by this legislation include breeders (Class A licensees), as well as intermediate handlers (Class B licensees) for dogs used for research, education or the pet trade, who are paid for their services. Class B animal dealers, in particular, have a poor record of recordkeeping and humane care for animals in their charge.

See Class B Dealers for more information.

 

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Please support humane standards for animals held in dealer's facilities

Dear [Decision Maker],

I am writing to ask your support for HR 4693, which would amend the Animal Welfare Act to provide for the humane treatment of dogs kept in an animal dealer's facility. New standards would require solid flooring, sufficient indoor space for dogs to stand, temperature control, nutritious food, potable water and exercise each day, as well as veterinary care and treatment.

The standards proposed, as an amendment to the Animal Welfare Act, are basic needs that should be provided for dogs under any humane legislation. At a minimum, dealers should be required to provide for the basic physical needs of dogs from whom they profit. This legislation will ensure that such needs are being met.


I hope that you will give your support to the passage of this measure. Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]