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Oklahoma Court Rejects Constitutional Challenge to the State’s New Puppy Mill Law
(Feb 17, 2012) – The Humane Society of the United States applauds a decision by District Judge Jonathan Sullivan upholding Oklahoma’s commercial dog breeding statute and rejecting breeders’ claims that the statute and accompanying rules are unconstitutional. The law, enacted in 2010, creates a licensing and inspection process, as well as minimum standards of care, for commercial pet breeders in Oklahoma.
“The Humane Society of the United States commends the Court for rejecting this misguided effort to dismantle the state’s efforts to crack down on puppy mills,” said Cynthia Armstrong, Oklahoma state director for The HSUS. “Oklahoma has joined the growing list of states that have made clear that large scale commercial dog breeders do not have a constitutional right to operate free from basic humane regulations.”
Over the last several years, a number of courts around the country have rejected similar lawsuits that sought to stem the tide of new laws cracking down on puppy mills. In 2009, a federal court in Pennsylvania upheld the key provisions of the state’s groundbreaking 2008 puppy mill law, and in 2010 a federal court in Florida rejected a similar constitutional challenge to Volusia County’s new dog breeding ordinance. In the past three years 16 states have passed new laws to crack down on puppy mill cruelty.