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Puppy Mill Bill Introduced in Legislature

A celebration on Monday kicked off the official campaign to pass a puppy mill ban in Colorado. Rep. Monica Duran and Sen. Mike Foote, in collaboration with First Gentleman Marlon Reis and the Humane Society of the United States are running House Bill 20-1084, a bill that would ban the retail sale of puppies and kittens in Colorado. The “Humane Pet Act,” as it has been titled, includes several provisions to increase the standards of care for puppies and kittens across the state.

Included in the bill are two provisions that the Dumb Friends League highly supports. First, the bill creates humane housing standards for pets, including an exercise requirement (30 minutes per day in a space large enough for a dog to run and play) and a prohibition on cruel enclosure practices, including prohibiting wire or non-solid floor kennels, stacked kennels and kennels suspended from a ceiling.

Second, the bill prohibits the purchase of dogs for retail sale by a rescue or animal shelter. In the past, there have been situations where “rescues” purchase animals from breeders and sell them in the same manner they would at a retail establishment. This practice is misleading for consumers, encourages the puppy mill industry and reflects poorly on the shelters and rescues working hard to adopt out homeless pets.

Other provisions in the bill include:

  • A requirement that no breeder have more than 25 adult, intact dogs or cats;
  • A restriction that cats and dogs cannot be bred more than once per year and no more than six times in their life; and
  • A prohibition on the sales of pets in public places, including parks, parking lots and flea markets.

The Dumb Friends League will be supporting the bill and provide updates as the bill moves through the legislative process.

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