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One of the country’s largest sellers of puppies over the Internet is based in South Florida. The company, Purebred Breeders, has sold thousands of puppies without any government oversight.

Purebred Breeders is currently the target of a lawsuit filed by 50 former customers who allege that the company sold sick puppies from substandard breeders. Click here to read the lawsuit.

The United States Department of Agriculture has proposed a rule that would require large, commercial breeders who sell pets over the Internet to meet the basic requirements of the Animal Welfare Act (humane care and safe housing). The rule would not affect small breeders who sell animals directly to the public.

You can help by speaking out in support of the rule. The USDA is accepting public comments through July 16. Click here to submit a comment.

Sample text (it’s best to use your own words):

“I support the proposed rule that would require breeders who sell dogs online and by phone or mail to be licensed and inspected under the Animal Welfare Act. Providing veterinary care, adequate food and water, shelter from the elements and safe housing should be a fundamental responsibility for all pet sellers.”

2 Responses to “USDA proposes to regulate unlicensed, “Internet puppy mills””

  1. on 23 Jun 2012 at 7:14 am Linda gillespie

    I support the proposed rule to require breeders who sell dogs online and by phone or mail to be licensed and inspected under the Animal Welfare Act. At a time when virtually all of the shelters are overflowing and we are destroying 10,000 dogs a day all breeding needs to curtailed. Certainly, what breeding is allowed needs to be done with adequate food and water, shelter from the elements and safe housing where veterinary care is provided. At the moment many breeding animals are living in barbaric conditioned with dogs housed in filthy conditions and no exercise. Most female breeders can not even walk when taken out of the cage.

  2. on 23 Jun 2012 at 8:25 am Alyson Scotti

    Please require breeders who sell dogs online and by phone or mail to be licensed and inspected under the Animal Welfare Act. Providing veterinary care, adequate food and water, shelter from the elements and safe housing should be a fundamental responsibility for all pet sellers.

    In what has brought great shame to our country, the Humane Society of the US estimates that approximately 3-4 million dogs and cats are euthanized every year at animal shelters–and at taxpayer expense. These numbers are exacerbated by breeders. Our government should be doing everything it can to promote spaying/neutering and adoption from shelters, both for humane reasons and to cut down on taxpayer spending.

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