On June 1st, 2011animal lovers may rest a little bit easier in Wisconsin than they have in years. A new law will go into effect on that date, called Wisconsin Act 90. This law was created with the intention of protecting the welfare of dogs as well as anyone who may adopt a dog within Wisconsin. This act was initiated by the Wisconsin Puppy Mill Project, Inc in order to end suffering for dogs that were bred in puppy mills.
The new law states that anyone who breeds and sells dogs must obtain a license by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. The facility will be inspected for acceptable conditions to breed and house dogs prior to receiving a license. The facilities will then be inspected every 2 years thereafter in order to obtain a renewal license.
The law goes on further to state that all dogs must be at least 7 weeks old before they are sold, must have all vaccinations, and must be examined by a veterinarian prior to going to their new home. A statement must be issued by the examining veterinarian stating that the dog is in good health, does not have any diseases, and is up to date with all shots. The breeder also must provide all information about the dog, which includes breed, age, whether or not it has been neutered, fur color, and any distinctive markings.
The failure to abide by these new standards will result in a fine of up to $10,000 and/or 9 months in prison. For more information please visit the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection website.
To donate time, money, or for more information on adoption, visit the United States Humane Society's website. You can help eliminate puppy mills and save a dog who really needs a home.