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—March 4, 2024: Unfortunately, Governor Holcomb signed this terrible bill into law today. When it goes into effect, the new law will strip Indiana's cities of their authority to prevent the sale of puppies in retail pet stores, allowing puppy mill cruelty to flourish. While the news is disappointing, we are grateful for every action you took to try to stop this bill during the 2024 legislative session. Thank you for advocating for animals.

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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.

You can continue to fight puppy mill cruelty in and beyond Indiana. Become a member of our Puppy Mill Action Team to receive alerts, get the latest news, and find out how YOU can help end the puppy mill industry.