Oppose Harmful Bill That Could Fuel Puppy Mill Cruelty in Indiana

IN H.B. 1412—Sale of Companion Animals
ASPCA Position: Oppose
Authors: Reps. Baird, Aylesworth and Morris
Sponsors: Senators Leising and Doriot

Update—February 22, 2024: Your help is needed now more than ever. This week, the Indiana Legislature passed this horrible bill, but we still have time to stop it. Please urge Governor Holcomb to VETO this bill when it reaches his desk!

Indiana lawmakers are considering a bill that would have disastrous consequences for dogs if passed. It will strip Indiana’s cities of their authority to prevent the sale of puppies in retail pet stores, allowing puppy mill cruelty to flourish. You have helped us defeat this bill in years past, and we need your voice again to make sure it does not reach the finish line this year.

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Most puppies sold in stores come from puppy mills: horrible facilities where dogs are often kept in overcrowded and unsanitary enclosures without adequate veterinary care, food, water or socialization.

That is why hundreds of local governments across the nation—including 21 in Indiana—have enacted their own local laws to keep cruelly bred puppies out of their pet stores. In response, pet store lobbyists are pressuring state legislatures to pass dangerous preemption bills like this one, which block cities and counties from adopting ordinances that prohibit the sale of puppies in stores in their communities.

What You Can Do

Don't delay! Please use the brief and easy form below to email Governor Holcomb today and tell him to VETO this bill.

After submitting the form, please follow up with a phone call. Dial (317) 232-4567 to reach Governor Holcomb's office, and use this easy call script:

Hi, I'm a resident of Indiana, and I'm calling to ask Governor Holcomb to veto H.B. 1412. If passed, this harmful bill will enable puppy mill cruelty. Thank you for your consideration.