ACTION ALLERT!!!~”Puppy-Mill” Bill~Iowa

It’s no question how I feel about these “puppy mill” bills/laws. What I want you to notice here is that animal seizure is actually attached to the fees here…and there’s no question about the wrongful taking of property/civil forfeiture!!! As part of the law, it looks like the seizing will continue when they never issue citations for correction before the taking-I have rarely seen any citation issued to anyone before their animals are taken!!! Maybe it seems like a lot of dogs when you hear they had a 100 dogs but if a rescuer-ACTUAL rescuer; not so many…Support REAL rescuers-they always need money or a bag of food -How about helping them out!?! If they are not involved in seizing animals and making complaints so they will be AWARDED the animals, all is well g help them out!!! Stop this seizing-STOP THIS BILL!!! PHOOEY Senator Matt McCoy-hope they vote you out next election!!!


Senator Matt McCoy introduced SF2166, a bill that will have a devastating effect on Iowa dog and cat breeders. The bill was assigned to his committee and has passed.  A full Senate vote is expected soon. IT IS URGENT THAT YOU CALL OR EMAIL SENATE MEMBERS AND OPPOSE THIS BILL NOW.

The current law loosely defines a commercial breeder as anyone with 4 or more breeding dogs or cats, who sells, exchanges, or leases in return for consideration (term not defined).  Requirements for those who may be “commercial breeders” are extensive and extreme. Hunters are only exempt if they do not use any of their dogs for breeding (male or female).


SF2166 significantly increases license fees for commercial breeders in order to pay for animal seizures. Currently, the registration fee is $175 to cover the department of agriculture’s administration costs. SF2166 requires commercial breeders to pay that amount plus an additional amount ranging from $100 to $2,500 based on the number of dogs on your property at the time of an inspection.  The additional fee will be deposited in a new “animal rescue remediation fund” used to reimburse local authorities when dogs are seized.  Current law already requires anyone accused of cruelty to post a bond to cover animal care while hearings take place.

SF2166 requires a primary enclosure to be 2 times the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) standard by January 1, 2015. The bill then repeals this at the end of 2015 and increases the mandate to 3 times AWA standard beginning January 1, 2016.  Breeders certainly cannot afford to purchase new crates or kennels for only one year’s use and then discard and build again.  In order to comply with the bill’s standards a breeder would have to renovate facilities to meet the 2016 standard.  This would mean primary enclosures (crates) of enormous size. An average size Cattle Dog would need a crate approximately 8X4X3.  In addition, a commercial breeder with ten or more breeding dogs must have primary enclosures that provide permanent unfettered access to an “attached” outdoor run.   Current Iowa code allows only 6 dogs inside the home of a licensee; however with the proposed enclosure requirements it is unlikely that any breeder can keep dogs inside and remain licensed unless their home includes enclosures with attached outdoor runs.

The new primary enclosure regulation in SF2166 is also required for cats. Current AWA standard requires all cats be in enclosures at least 24 inches high. Cats up to and including 8.8 lbs must be provided with at least 3 SF of floor space; cats over 8.8 lbs must be provided with 4 SF of floor space. SF2166 requires space 3 times what is specified in Title 9 C.F.R. §3.6.   Cats are NOT excluded from the requirement that the primary enclosure include an “attached” outdoor run with unfettered access.  A mandate for cats to have unfettered access to outdoor runs will place them at risk of contact with feral cats and exposure to deadly diseases.

Having “unfettered” access to outdoor runs could be deadly to puppies and kittens.  This would also make it impossible to maintain temps required under existing laws.

The bill mandates annual veterinary examinations for all breeding dogs and breeding cats.  There are no specifications for what the exam entails. A routine 15-minute exam can only detect obvious conditions such as missing teeth or being over/underweight, and places the veterinarian in a position of certifying or documenting an exam using only these external assessments. This provision only serves to make breeding dogs and cats more expensive without measurable benefit. Veterinary care should remain at the owner’s discretion and not become a legislative mandate.

SF2166 prohibits commercial breeders from purchasing a dog or cat from anyone who is not licensed and also from participating in rescue.

The bill mandates annual inspections during business hours.  For dog and cat owners who are not true businesses, making their homes available for inspection will be problematic.  Hobby breeders, those with as few as four breeding animals, and small breeders working outside the home during inspection hours could face disciplinary action for not being home for an inspection.

SF2166 is not an animal welfare bill; it is an attempt to shut down breeding of cats and dogs in Iowa.

Please cross post widely.

Susan Wolf
Sportsmen’s & Animal Owners’ Voting Alliance
Working to Identify and Elect Supportive Legislators


Disclaimer connected to this blog…Things said are of my opinion and the opinions of others…Stay tuned and follow this blog  -B

~ by topcatsroar on February 21, 2014.

2 Responses to “ACTION ALLERT!!!~”Puppy-Mill” Bill~Iowa”

  1. So I just left this comment at an article about horse slaughter because until “regular people” in the “uninformed, naïve general public” realize that the land of “animal welfare” and advocacy is not all sunshine and rainbows and squeaky clean”, exposing the “players” for what they are in terms of seizure scams and also banning horse slaughter entirely (for many reasons besides just the cruelty factor of commercial slaughter being inhumane to horses) needs to happen not only from the standpoint of protecting everyones personal property rights, but also to go forward with truly protecting the animals who really DO NEED help and protecting :

    One point that none of these investigators for whatever group, agency, org, or whatever examine is that without horse slaughter being legal for horses shipped out of the country to Canada and Mexico (and it is only illegal to buy/sell horses for slaughter out-of-country in a few states currently), many of the so-called horse rescues who are merely “fronts” for horse traders hiding behind a nonprofit standing (and not all of these “rescues” are 501c3 and many are only registered with the state as “not-for-profit” entities, which is usually a very nominal fee filing, and without the cost and scrutiny of filing with the IRS) so they can collect “crisis donations” (the horse will ship to slaughter if we don’t rescue it – even though we over bid against a nice family at the auction to “rescue” the horse so we could resell it) and “adopt for a fee” at “fair market value” (sounds like retail sales to many of us) would not be able to have “rescue be their job” and would have to go back to being just common horse traders again competing for business with other traders, they would have to be trainers amongst many other trainers competing with other trainers for business, or would have to be breeders with no market to the naïve rescue people “rescuing” THEIR horses (and one of the “trainers” for a “welfare rescue” – these are rescues who are purely donation-funded run by people who don’t have real jobs, and often also collect disability too – in CA is drumming up $2000-$3000 in “donations” to get non-critical surgery for one of her Paint Horse babies she has raised – she also owns the sire too and she is actively breeding him for a stud fee) or go out and get real jobs.
    These same people never write articles about banning horse slaughter, or why horse slaughter is absolutely wrong for several reasons not only pertaining to the cruelty, they do business as usual of “buying horses off the meat truck” or “from the kill buyer” in states where buy/sell for slaughter has been illegal for YEARS, they never take photos or videos of the kill buyers and traders they collude with doing their dealings at sales, etc, because to go forward with helping the state enforce the laws would collapse their businesses of living off of rescue and collecting “crisis donations”, and that wouldn’t work out for them because “rescue is their job” (and wouldn’t all of us who rescue really love to have “rescue be our fulltime job”? Sure we would, but in the “real world”, many/most “real rescuers” also have “real jobs” too and are not “welfare rescues” living off of other peoples money and not spending any of our own).
    So perhaps before everyone goes after mere opportunists of sale yards, kill buyers, horse traders, slaughterhouses, etc, horse advocates/rescuers should “clean-up” their own industry” (and yes, it has turned into a very high dollar industry of “crisis donations”, “sympathy donations”, doing “seizure scams” of taking other peoples animals when the fact is that without donations coming in to support they and their animals, many of these “rescues” would be nothing more than hoarders seeing as they don’t have real jobs and instead live off of donations, and would not be able to take care of what they already have, let alone seizing other peoples animals), and real rescues and regular people should start policing their own and examining what everyone involved in “rescues” goals, stance on horse slaughter, and motivations are……..because as long as “the rescue rackets” are thriving, it makes all rescues and rescuers look bad, and no one who is anti-horse slaughter will be taken seriously.
    This has turned into the antis-against-the-pros regarding horse slaughter, however, there are a lot of the anti-horse slaughter people who do not want to be associated with the rescuers and rescues who are “working it”, committing fraud of several kinds, say things like “you can’t save them all”, or “some horses are not worthy of saving”, or better yet, they kill the “reject horses” in various way (humane euthanasia, bullet, hauled to the big cat or wolf sanctuary where they are shot and fed to the exotics – and we wonder if their donors know where their donation dollars are really going, and that often they are used for enabling the killing of “de-valued” horses who serve no purpose for people?) they get from various places when they find out the horse has no value on “adoption for a fee” because they are “players”, but yet they have their “following” of people who probably really are good-hearted, albeit naïve, people who do write and say nasty stuff in regard to kill buyers, sale yard personnel (and at one sale of reservation horses, “rescuers” were actually spitting on sale yard personnel, on office staff, on kill buyers, and whomever else they didn’t like at the sale…….certainly not people many of us real rescuers want to be lumped together with because people like this make all of us look erratic and out of control), etc and do not know how to behave so that the anti-horse slaughter side of this issue don’t look like out of control maniacs that “regular” people do not want to be associated with.

    And going after the mere opportunists is not the answer because there are always going to be opportunists in any industry that many of us disagree with the business they’re in; going after the suppliers is the solution, because without the supply of horses, the opportunists don’t have opportunity (to make money) and the horse slaughter industry would collapse from the inside.

    Cleaning up the “rescue biz” should be first on our list however so that mainstream media, and the politicians in Washington D.C. where all of the decisions are made for federal issues, take horse advocates seriously too, and can’t point to all of the out-of-control “players” in rescue who are breaking the law, and also forming bands of followers who are not organized and say and do things that make us all look bad and also kind of crazy.

    • I don’t promote animal cruelty on any level. It all goes back to people and people who don’t do the right thing on both sides of the issues.

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