NEW LARGE-SCALE DOG BREEDER BILL ALERT! Senate Bill 560 was introduced today by Sen. Steve Bieda (Warren) and assigned to the Senate Agriculture Committee on October 1, 2013. Now is the time to contact your STATE SENATOR to express your opinion about SB 560. You can find your Senator easily here: http://www.senate.michigan.gov/fysbyaddress.html
• Requires large-scale commercial dog breeders in Michigan to be registered with the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development and follow established guidelines of care for the dogs and puppies in their facilities. It would also limit the size of large-scale breeders. All states surrounding us have already passed similar legislation, leaving Michigan with laws that could be perceived as lax on this issue. Hobby breeders (those with 15 or fewer adult breeding female dogs) are exempted. Care standards include vaccination, parasite control, and veterinary care.
• Updates stray animal holding times in animal shelters. Holding times for stray cats in Michigan are undefined in current law. The goal of SB 560 is to move stray cats into shelter adoption programs more quickly, thereby reducing disease outbreak and enabling more cat lives to be saved by adoption.
When you call or email, simply state that you are a voter from the Senator’s district, state your view of the newly-introduced SB 560, and ask that the Senator take your position.