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Thread: AL: Overreaching Dog Breeder Bill Introduced, Contact Agriculture Committee

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    FYI

    This may seem as though it is only opposed to breeding. Read the bullet points. How many of us have ever enclosed a dog in a crate? That's a class C misdemeanor and you can be heavily fined.

    If you are from Alabama, write to your representative.

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    Alabama: Overreaching Dog Breeder Bill Introduced, Contact Agriculture Committee



    April 28, 2015
    Attention Alabama Dog Owners:

    Alabama House Bill 548 seeks to establish criminal penalties for failure to comply with overreaching, undefined, and arbitrary requirements for the care, feeding, and housing of dogs.
    Compliance with the problematic provisions of HB 548 would be required for every person or organization that has “custody or ownership” of ten or more intact dogs over the age of six months for the “purpose of breeding the dogs and selling the offspring”.
    HB 548 would also criminalize certain humane and accepted dog care practices commonly utilized by responsible owners and custodians of competition, military/police, working, hunting, herding/flock guardian, breeding, and pet dogs.
    As HB 548 is written, a person or organization that owns or has custody of 10 or more unsterilized dogs and who breeds a single litter and sells a single puppy could be subject to the problematic requirements of the bill. Violations of these overreaching provisions would be the pejorative crime of “operating a puppy mill”.
    Concerned dog owners are urged to politely:
    1. Contact the sponsors of HB 548 to express your concerns with HB 548 and respectfully request withdrawal of this bill. See contact information below.
    2. Contact the chair and members of the House Agriculture and Forestry Committee to express your concerns and ask that they do not consider or advance HB 548. See contact information below.
    Provisions of concern with HB 548 include, but are not limited to:

    • It would be a crime to feed a dog less than twice a day.
    • It would be a crime to fail to provide veterinary care for a dog for “any illness or injury”, regardless of the nature or severity.
    • It would be a crime to allow any dog, male or female, to produce or sire more than two litters in an 18 month period.
    • It would be a crime to fail to provide a dog “constant and unfettered access” to and from a primary enclosure. A “primary enclosure” is not defined.
    • It would be a crime to fail to provide a dog with “adequate exercise” in an outdoor exercise area. This provision would criminalize other forms of exercise, such as leash walking, play time in dog parks, use of indoor exercise areas, and other commonly accepted methods for providing play time and exercise to dogs.
    • It would be a crime to fail to provide a dog with “constant and unfettered access” to and from an outdoor exercise area. Safely securing a dog to protect it from extreme weather, predation, and to minimize the opportunity for nuisance barking would be a violation.
    • It would be a crime to fail to provide a dog with “constant and unfettered access” to an indoor enclosure that does not fall below 45 degrees F, regardless of the dog’s breed, coat type, and conditioning.
    • It would be a crime to fail to provide a dog with indoor “sufficient space”. It is unclear if a dog house would be considered “indoor” space. Further, the minimum dimensions required for “indoor space” would be greater than the space provided by an appropriately-sized dog house.
    • It would be a crime to enclose a dog in a dog crate.
    • It would be a crime to enclose a dog in a stacked enclosure with an impermeable barrier between the top and bottom enclosures, such as the enclosures commonly utilized in veterinary practices, boarding kennels, and animal shelters.
    • It would be a crime to fail to have a dog examined by a veterinarian prior to each breeding cycle. It is unclear if “breeding cycle” refers to a dog’s estrus, or how a “breeding cycle” would be defined for a male dog.
    • It would be a crime to fail to procure veterinary review every 30 days for a dog restricted from exercise due to age, infirmity, or while recovering from an injury or procedure.

    Violations of these and other overreaching and vaguely defined requirements would be the Class A misdemeanor of the pejorative crime of “operating a puppy mill”. Each violation would constitute a separate offense.

    Contact information for sponsors of HB 548:
    Rep. Paul Beckman, Dist. 88, 334-242-7499, paul.beckman@alhouse.gov, paulbeckmanjr@yahoo.com
    Rep. Reed Ingram, Dist. 75, 334-242-7600, reedingram75@gmail.com, reed.ingram@alhouse.gov
    Rep. Dimitri Polizos, Dist. 74, 334-242-7600, dimitri.polizos@alhouse.gov
    Rep. Harry Shiver, Dist. 64, 334-242-7745, harry.shiver@alhouse.gov, harryshiver@aol.com
    Rep. Jack J.D. Williams, Dist. 47, 334-242-7779, 205-862-5041, jack_williams@alhouse.gov, jack@jackwilliams.org

    Alabama House Agriculture and Forestry Committee Members:
    Rep. David Sessions, Chair, (334) 242-0947, mailto:david.sessions@alhouse.gov, mailto:d.r.sessions@att.net
    Rep. Donnie Chesteen, Vice Chair, (334) 242-7742, mailto:donnie.chesteen@alhouse.gov, mailto:dchesteen@panhandle.rr.com
    Rep. Richard J. Lindsey, (334) 242-7713, mailto:richard.lindsey@alhouse.gov
    Rep. Will Ainsworth, (334) 242-7600, will.ainsworth@alhouse.gov
    Rep. K. L. Brown, (334) 242-1778, klbrown@cableone.net
    Rep. Randy Davis, (334) 242-7724, rmdavis14@aol.com, randy.davis@alhouse.gov
    Rep. Joe Faust, (334) 242-7699, jfaust@baldwincountyal.gov, joe.faust@alhouse.gov
    Rep. Bob Fincher, (334) 242-7600, rsfincher77@gmail.com, bob.fincher@alhouse.gov
    Rep. Dexter Grimsley, (334) 242-7740, wlmdex@hotmail.com, dexter.grimsley@alhouse.gov
    Rep. James T. Hanes, (334) 242-7600, tommy.hanes@alhouse.org, jhanes55@aol.com
    Rep. Artis McCampbell, (334) 242-7747 artis.mccampbell@alhouse.gov
    Rep. Jack W. Williams, (334) 242-7600, jackwilliams55@icloud.com,jack@votejackwilliams.com
    Rep. Reed Ingram, HB 548 co-sponsor, see above, (334) 242-7600, reedingram75@gmail.com, reed.ingram@alhouse.gov
    Click here for additional House Agriculture and Forestry Committee contact information.
    The American Kennel Club strongly supports and actively promotes a wide range of programs to educate the public about responsible purebred breeding practices and the responsibilities of dog ownership. For questions or more information, please contact AKC Government Relations at doglaw@akc.org or (919) 816-3720.
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    So what are you supposed to do with the dog when you are at work. So you just let a destructive dog run through your home. Very interesting!
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    The bill has all kinds of problems. Without going into the chapter and verse, it says that any person that violates one of the conditions of care (food, shelter, exercise, etc) shall be guilty of unlawfully operating a puppy mill.The problem is that "puppy mill" isn't defined so that if you do meet all the standards of care guess what, you are lawfully operating a puppy mill. This makes Alabama the first state to make puppy mills legal!

    By the way, when at work, you can't crate a dog either.

    OTOH, this currently is proposed only for persons having 10 intact dogs. Now, suppose you are a boarding kennel and have a mix of male and female, all intact. You don't breed but, the bill still applies to you.

    Vets with their stainless steel cages in the ICU area can't have them more than 1 high! Also, a person brings a dog in for boarding and says, "Feed 3 cups once a day." You have to violate the law or go against the instructions on the customer.

    It goes on and on ...
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    So where is the petition resending this excellent piece of crap?
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    As HB 548 is written, a person or organization that owns or has custody of 10 or more unsterilized dogs and who breeds a single litter and sells a single puppy could be subject to the problematic requirements of the bill. Violations of these overreaching provisions would be the pejorative crime of “operating a puppy mill”.


    This doesn't seem to apply to Vets or day care or groomers or owners who don't breed. Any of you keep more than 10 dogs in crates while you go to work?
    Maybe I read it wrong.

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    Will be sending e-mails!
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    The problem is that the bill is so poorly written that vets would be included just from the standpoint of having 10 intact dogs on the premises.

    The real issue is that all of the situations supposedly covered by this bill are already covered by the USDA/APHIS retail pet shop rule. What we are trying to prevent is getting two "laws" that whipsaw an individual such that they don't know which to follow. I've had a friend who works in the APHIS section that enforces their rule look at this from a legal perspective and he agrees with me that this is the first instance of a state law that would make operation of a "puppy mill" a legal act.
    Eric

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    This law says you can't keep even one dog in a crate. So many problems with this proposal. If a trainer breeds a litter, and has 10 or more intact dogs on premises, seems as if they would be subject to the law. Every dog would require and indoor and outdoor run, with the indoor climate controlled. That's great if you can provide that, but it is not necessary for a healthy, well cared for dog in AL. And they are limiting breeding to 2 breedings in an 18 month period for females and MALES. Really?! It's not a strain on the male to be bred more often.
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    Just so I can understand, are these bills written by obviously ARA's, and then submitted in this impossible manner so they will be voted down? How can legislators write write this rubbish?
    Any illness? Who terms what is an illness? Leash walking is a crime? No Crating? Male breeding cycle? In other words, practically anything is a crime so no more puppies in the state of Alabama and that's just what ARA's want.
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    The problem is that the bill is so poorly written that vets would be included just from the standpoint of having 10 intact dogs on the premises.




    Only if they're breeding , the way I read it.

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