McCready bill fights for consumer protections when buying or adopting pets

first_img Measure will set new standards for breedingState Rep. Mike McCready recently introduced legislation to better protect both consumers and animals by requiring large-scale commercial dog breeders to register with the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.House Bill 5095 also establishes guidelines to help ensure the humane treatment and health of both the dogs and puppies and defines large-scale breeding kennels as a facility with over 15, but not more than 50, females.“We have seen too many sad stories recently about animals being kept in unsafe or inhumane conditions by people simply looking to turn a profit,” said McCready, R-Bloomfield Hills. “The majority of breeders in our state maintain clean, safe facilities and breed healthy dogs, but the few that do not must be held accountable. This legislation will ensure the health of dogs and cats up for adoption while also protecting the families looking to bring home a new pet.”Michigan Humane Society President and CEO Cal Morgan applauded the introduction of the bill.“Michigan’s compassionate residents expect that facilities breeding puppies will provide humane care and treatment of all of their animals,” Morgan said. “House Bill 5095 will go a long way to ensuring that those large commercial breeders are adhering to basic standards of care that are already in place for animal shelters like MHS.”The bill also changes requirements for pet shops, animal shelters and large-scale breeders when importing and selling animals, prohibiting the import or sale of animals less than 8 weeks old. Vaccinations, inspections and proper documentation would also be required under the legislation.“It’s important to make sure facilities across the state are following the same guidelines,” McCready said. “Getting a new pet should be a fun and exciting experience, not one that brings additional vet bills with it because of improper care or missing vaccinations.”HB 5095 also creates standard hold times for animals brought in to a shelter and establishes a record-keeping system for shelters and breeding facilities.The measure was referred to the House Regulatory Reform Committee.### 24Oct McCready bill fights for consumer protections when buying or adopting pets Categories: McCready Newslast_img

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