New Breeder Bill introduced in Michigan Senate
A new bill has been submitted to the Michigan Senate. SB 560 is making it’s way through the Michigan congress.
Here is a summary:
Large-scale commercial dog breeding kennels are defined as facilities housing more than 15 intact female adult dogs for breeding.
- Requires large-scale breeders to register with Michigan Dept. of Ag. and Rural Development
- Limits the size of commercial dog breeding kennels to 50 adult female breeding dogs
- Prohibits them from selling puppies less than 8 weeks of age
- Requires vaccination, parasite treatment and a health certificate signed by a veterinarian
- Requires annual statistical reporting and daily record-keeping
- Exempts small-scale hobby breeders
- Clarifies and updates vaccination requirements for dogs and cats in shelters, pet stores, and large-scale breeders
- Requires that shelters, pet stores, and large-scale breeders who must euthanize animals do so humanely in accordance with state law and current American Veterinary Medical Association guidelines
- Prevents puppies and kittens less than 8 weeks old from being imported without their mothers by pet shops and large-scale breeders
- Requires that dogs and cats imported into Michigan by pet shops, large-scale breeders, and animal shelters be accompanied by interstate health certificates
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