USA: Improve Care Standards in America’s Puppy Mills

U.S H.R. 2442—The Puppy Protection Act
ASPCA Position: Support
Sponsors: Reps. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), Charlie Crist (D-FL), Guy Reschenthaler (R-PA), and Jim McGovern (D-MA)

Dogs kept in commercial breeding facilities (also known as puppy mills) suffer treatment that would be unthinkable for your family pet—but much of it is perfectly legal. Under current USDA regulations, dogs in federally licensed facilities may spend their entire lives in filthy, overcrowded cages stacked on top of one another without access to adequate veterinary care, food water or socialization.

The Puppy Protection Act will make important, commonsense improvements to the Animal Welfare Act’s (AWA) low standards of care for dogs in these facilities. Among these improvements are the outlawing of cruel wire flooring and stacked cages, and minimum requirements for veterinary care, exercise and socialization.

Ensuring basic standards of care is just one piece of the puzzle in fighting the cruel, commercial puppy-breeding industry. But if passed, these increased standards will help improve the lives of dogs in our nation’s puppy mills as the ASPCA continues to press for restoration of the USDA database of inspection records and for increased enforcement of the AWA.