Puppy Mill Regulation

In 2011, THLN was instrumental in passing HB 1451 which licenses and regulates large scale commercial dog and cat breeders (those having 11 or more intact females and selling 20 or more puppies or kittens per year).  HB 1451 provides basic protections for tens of thousands of dogs and cats confined and raised in large scale breeding facilities by requiring humane housing and care standards and needed veterinary care.  The law will be administered and enforced by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation and will require periodic inspections and annual veterinary care.  Those breeders required to register must do so by September 1, 2012 and meet all required standards prior to registration.