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A new year means a new law to help prevent puppy mills

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KENNEWICK, Wash.-- A new year means a new law to help prevent puppy mills.

Today, Washington imposes tougher standards on breeders after several puppy mills were found this past year.

It gives specific requirements for breeders, where before there really wasn't any regulation.

The major regulation is a cap of 50 dogs per breeder over the age of six months. But it also requires breeders to have larger cages, regulate temperature and keep dogs out of the cold and make sure they are kept clean. And if breeders have more than ten dogs, they must be able to get enough exercise. This after numerous alleged puppy mills were found this year; most notably the nearly 400 dogs being kept by Ella Stewart in Kennewick.

Recently Ella Stewart's trail was delayed at the request of her defense; it's now been moved to March. And more than 600 dogs were rescued from puppy mills in Skagit and Snohomish counties this past year.  

 

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