Wednesday, January 6, 2010

New Law Gets Tough On Breeders

By Holly Zuluaga

Benton County Sheriff's Department seized 371 dogs from an alleged puppy mill back in May.

“Anytime there are stiffer punishments for people that are abusing animals then we're all for that,” Ed Dawson from the Benton-Franklin Humane Society said.

The new law in Washington not only limits the number of dogs you can own, it sets a standard care for dogs.

They must have enough time and space to exercise and be housed in proper sized cages.

“There's always going to be people out there that want to make a fast buck by breeding animals and some of those people are going to do it the right way and the humane way and there are those that aren't, so I don't know that law is going to deter those people, but where it helps is on the enforcement side,” Ed Dawson from the Benton-Franklin Humane Society said.

That's where it comes to people like Sheriff Larry Taylor.

He told me if a case like this one at Ella Stewart's home comes up again, his deputies are ready..."
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