Humane Society Accuses American Kennel Club of Protecting Puppy Mills

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"The AKC supports legislation to strengthen enforcement and increase penalties for canine cruelty and neglect," said the AKC in a statement to ABC News. "The AKC has expressed its concerns about the proposed USDA regulations because the hobby breeder who raises puppies in their home will be impacted in the same way as the large scale commercial internet puppy seller. The AKC believes it is neither the intent of the Animal Welfare Act nor USDA to place such an unfair burden on small, hobby breeders."

"Because of our long history and breadth of experience in advancing the care and conditions of dogs, we know that regardless of the number of dogs owned or the manner in which breeders interact with potential puppy buyers, a 'one size fits all' breeder regulation is unfair and unenforceable and not in the best interest of dogs and consumers in the this country."

Both the AKC and HSUS are encouraging consumers to voice their opinions on the proposed rule, which is supposed to take effect later this year and is open to public comment through July 16.

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