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Puppy Mill Bill Makes Headway

 

Efforts to curb the worst abused of Oregon puppy mills is making headway in the legislature. The House approved the Puppy Protection Act, HB 2470 on April 14 by 1 43-13 vote (see voting record). The bill now goes to the Senate, where the first hearing is scheduled May 12th before the Consumer Protection and Public Affairs Committee.

 

OHS strongly supports passage of this bill and urges the public to make their voice heard on this issue. The Senate committee will be accepting public testimony on the bill. Next week. You can place your name on the list of individuals to testify beginning at 2:30 pm the day of the hearing (tips on testifying). You can also submit written testimony to the committee at this email address.  The hearing will he held in Room HR B of the state capitol at 3 pm on May 12th.

 

Abusive At Best, Downright Cruel


Puppy mills, said OHS Executive Director Sharon Harmon, “are immediately recognized as abusive at best to downright cruel by anyone seeing the conditions first hand.” The new legislation would set minimum sizes for animal crates and mandate minimum exercise periods for dogs.

 

“For most of us, keeping a dog in a wire cage where he can only stand, lie down and turn around is unconscionable. But that would be a big improvement for many dogs in puppy mills in Oregon," Harmon told a House committee on Feb. 23. If you are concerned about puppy mill practices, please Please contact your elected officials to voice your opinion about HP 2470.

 

Keep Abusers Away from Animals

 

OHS also urges the public to speak out on SB 299, which would authorize courts to remove any domestic animal from the household of someone who is prohibited from owning animals because of past abuse or neglect.

 

While current law already prohibits offenders from owning domestic animals for five years, a loophole permits the offender to live in the same house with a spouse or friend who owns an animal--perhaps even the animal who was victimized by the offender. This exposes the animal to daily contact with the offender and the possibility of future abuse. The bill passed the Senate in April and is now pending before the House Judiciary Committee.

 

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