Bill aims to prevent puppy mills in Michigan

Legislation would limit number of litters

LANSING - Lawmakers are considering bill to prevent puppy mills in Michigan. 

This proposal comes after 350 small dogs were taken from a two bedroom home in CheshireTownshipin AlleganCounty.

Prosecutors charged Cheri and George Burke, both 64, with felony animal cruelty. According to animal control officers, the dogs were living in disgusting conditions.


It's a bi-partisan effort to license large scale commercial breeders. The proposal is called the "puppy protection act".


It would limit the number of reproductive female dogs to 50 and it would also limit each female dog to one litter of puppies every year. The bill would additionally outline requirements for health, food, water, exercise, housing and veterinary care.


The bill was introduced in January 2012

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