A bill under consideration in the Washington State Legislature is aimed at providing humanitarian requirements for certain dog breeding practices. Senate Bill 5651 states that current state laws are inadequate regarding the care of dogs in large-scale breeding facilities.
The bill defines a “large-scale breeding facility” as a breeding facility that has 50 or more dogs with intact sexual organs. Without proper oversight, these operations can easily fall below basic standards of humane housing and husbandry, SB 5651 states.
In an attempt to address this, the bill includes the following:
- A person may not own, possess, control, or otherwise have charge or custody of more than 50 dogs with intact sexual organs over the age of 6 months at any time.
- Any animal control officer or “other authorized public health or safety official” may, upon getting a complaint or upon “the officer’s own motion” investigate a violation.
- Public animal shelters, nonprofit humane societies or animal adoption organizations, veterinary clinics, retail pet stores, research institutions, boarding facilities, and grooming facilities are exempt.
The bill is scheduled for executive session in the House Committee on Judiciary at 10 a.m. March 26.