Monday, February 23, 2009

OR- Breeders Bill to be Considered TODAY

Monday, February 23, 2009]
Oregon House Bill 2470 will be considered by the House Consumer Protection Committee today, Monday, February 23, at 3 PM in House Room E at the Capitol, 900 Court Street NE, Salem, 97301. The bill, part of a national agenda aimed at severely limiting the responsible breeding of dogs, does not address the needs of Oregonians, but would impose unreasonable limits on dog ownership, harsh requirements for responsible dog breeders, and unfair consumer protection provisions. These provisions do nothing to address problems associated with irresponsible dog ownership or breeding, but would punish responsible dog breeders with undue restrictions and requirements.

In addition to its many problematic provisions, if enacted, House Bill 2470 would:

Define any breeder who sells more than 20 dogs, or 3 litters in a year, as a "pet dealer".

Limit anyone from possessing more than 25 intact dogs four months of age or older.

Impose significant and cumbersome operational requirements on all dog owners who own 10 or more intact dogs.

Mandate record-keeping requirements and certain disclosures at time of sale.

Require breeders to comply with an unreasonable consumer protection term of two years.

Exempt shelters, veterinarians, pet stores, and research facilities from new standards of care.

The American Kennel Club encourages as many responsible dog breeders and owners as possible to attend the committee hearing on February 23. Here are the details:

Oregon House Consumer Protection Committee Hearing
Monday, February 23, 2009
3:00 p.m.
Capitol, House Room E
Salem, Oregon 97301

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