WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan and Jeanne Shaheen cosponsored legislation to help crack down on puppy mills by creating stronger standards for veterinary care, housing, and breeding for dogs. The Puppy Protection Act would ensure that dogs within breeders’ care have suitable and safe enclosures, access to outdoor areas, and regularly interact with other dogs and humans.
“It is heartbreaking to see the conditions that puppies and dogs are subjected to in puppy mills and similar environments,” Senator Hassan said. “This important legislation would help ensure that dogs and puppies who are in a breeder’s care are properly cared for and can lead happy and healthy lives. I urge my colleagues to join us in taking long overdue action to strengthen protections for puppies.”
“Every effort must be made to ensure that dogs raised by breeders are kept in safe, sanitary and humane conditions,” said Senator Shaheen. “I was proud to help introduce the Puppy Protection Act, legislation that would prevent breeders from keeping dogs in squalid, negligent facilities and strengthen veterinary care, breeding and housing standards for dogs.”
Specifically, the bill would do the following:
Senators Hassan and Shaheen previously cosponsored historic bipartisan legislation that is now law that bans individuals from intentionally crushing, burning, drowning, suffocating, impaling or otherwise causing serious bodily injury to animals.