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Does ND Need MN's New Law To Protect Dogs & Cats?

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  A new state law takes effect in Minnesota today that protects the health and safety of dogs and cats.  It requires licensing and inspections of commercial breeders.

  Man: “This is the worst room and this is pretty rough.”

  The aim of the new Minnesota law is to put a stop to puppy mills like this one in Arkansas. …breeders who simply produce as many animals as possible to sell for cash.

  Across the nation, Humane Societies take in millions of stray dogs and cats every year. The Directory of the Grand Forks Humane Society says, there’s no need for puppy mills to be producing more.

  In fact, on any given day there are 100 dogs and cats at just this facility alone, ready for adoption.

Arlette Moen, G.F. Humane Society: “We get calls periodically throughout the year about breeding facilities that people are concerned about. But, I think that’s probably just the tip of the iceberg. I think there are many more operations out there that we’re not aware of.”

  Moen says it would be a good idea for North Dakota to consider legislation similar to Minnesota. It would give law enforcement another tool to stop puppy mills, since breeders would be required to have a license and have their facilities undergo inspections.

Reporter: “North Dakota doesn’t have anything like this on the books?”

Arlette Moen: “No. Breeders are not regulated. There’s no registration process in the State.”

Reporter: “Do you thin it’s needed in North Dakota?”

Moen: “I think it’s very important.”

  However, Moen says it would only be a first step in protecting dogs and cats. She says at this point, there simply aren’t enough inspectors across the Country to adequately enforce the law.

    If you’re looking for a pet, you’re urged to check with your local humane society. There are literally thousands of pets ready for adoption, across our region.  

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