Tennessee bill targets puppy mills


A bill recently introduced in the Tennessee General Assembly is directed toward ending the practice of dog breeders operating puppy mills in the Volunteer State.

Jurnee Carr is a volunteer district leader for the Humane Society of the United States who has been working with several lawmakers to craft the bill, including Senator Jon Lundberg of Bristol.

Any facility with ten or more breeding females would be required to be inspected regularly and re-registered with the state every two years, according to the proposal.

Carr spoke with News 5's Preston Ayres on Thursday, saying this will not only cut down on animal abuse but the legislation is also fiscally responsible.

"It is happening right here in our backyard. It costs taxpayers in Tennessee hundreds of thousands of dollars to clean up puppy mills, so we're just trying to crack down on that, protect our consumers, protect our taxpayers," she said.

News 5's Rebecca Pepin spoke with Lundberg this afternoon and he says regulations should be in place for breeders with fewer than 10 dogs but that is a just a starting point as lawmakers work to get some sort of law on the books.