OK’s SB1712 forces stricter rules against state breeders
Setting a precedent for all states regarding dog breeders, Oklahoma’s Commercial Pet Breeders Act or the SB1712, is one of the strictest puppy mill laws to go into effect against dog breeders throughout the nation. Originally signed into law May 2010 by Oklahoma Governor Brad Henry, the new law formed the Oklahoma State Board of Commercial Pet Breeders that has spent several months researching the state’s dog industry. Who will be targeted on January 1, 2011, are all dog breeders who have 11 or more breeding stock in their breeding facility — which is not bad compared to the three minimum breeding female dogs allowed in Nebraska.
What most dog lovers considered common sense laws will soon be requiring that all dog breeding facilities in Oklahoma provide proper basic care to their dogs — fresh water and food supplied on a daily basis, keeping the kennel clean at all times, providing dry and adequate shelter, and providing adequate room for the dogs to run in. The new Oklahoma law will allow for routine inspections of each registered dog kennel and unregistered dog kennels with over 11 breeding females by a state official. They also must meet the requirement of maintaining a current breeding license.
Many state breeders are now dumping dogs they do not want at local shelters before the new rules take effect. This says a lot. NO state regulations for dog breeding have been on Oklahoma’s books. This has allowed dog breeders to do whatever they wished while accounting to nobody. With this new law coming up, dog breeders feel their profits are being cut because they are being forced to provide free clean water, larger and cleaner pens, quality dog food, and adequate vet care. With Oklahoma a major state for puppy mills and dog production in the United States (second only to Missouri) its animal welfare has always been a serious problem for animal activists in the state and national level.
One such group is the Oklahoma Alliance for Animals who is fully committed to preventing an over-population of animals, education and provision of spay/neuter programs, promoting responsible pet ownership, and promoting humane treatment of animals. A second major group, Oklahoma Humane Federation, is making an effort to keep things smooth among while organizing state animal control and humane organizations. What the Oklahoma Alliance for Animals is afraid of is that the state will buckle under pressure from businesses that profit from the animal breeding industry and animal breeders, “diluted to the point that it will have no real improvement for the care and wellbeing of the animals it was created to protect.”
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