Puppy Milling Banned in Washington & Oregon
As of Jan 1, 2010, puppy milling is banned in Washington and Oregon. Puppy Milling is the aggressive commercial preeding of dogs results in sick animals getting sold to the public, as well as poor living conditions for the dogs themselves. Most puppy mills are smaller-scale operations taht sell directly to the public, and are therefore not subject to the Animal Welfare Act of 1966.
Oregon's new animal-protection laws limit the number of breeding dogs an owner can have, as well as a mandatory refund if a customer is sold a sick puppy.
Washington dog breeders face new regulations as well including a limit of 50 breeding animals. The new law also requires that the dogs have adequate living space, get daily exercise and have access to a vet.
Hotly contested in public hearings, the final legislation didn't contain all the measures its proponents wanted to keep irresponsible breeders from churning out sick, unsocialized dogs.