Here’s a news report from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, that looks at how the “Dog Law,” passed in 2008, has made a difference in the number of “puppy mill” cases that animal-welfare officers have dealt with. The effects of the new law were both immediate and impressive:
“It’s no coincidence that our animal cruelty cases have dropped dramatically since the new law went into effect,” [Lancaster County District Attorney Craig Stedman] said. “The number of dog breeders, registered dog breeders, it went from 330 to 114 the next year.”
There’s no doubt that shady breeding operations still exist, but this story is solid evidence that good legislation can put a big dent in the puppy-mill problem.