State lawmakers in Nebraska could almost hear the growl of local dogs as they considered a proposal on Monday that would have decreased inspections of commercial pet breeding facilities.
The Agriculture Committee of the Nebraska Legislature eventually voted 7-0 to dismiss a state bill that would have diluted a 2007 law which required dog kennels and other pet-breeding outlets to be inspected every two years, the North Platte Telegraph reports.
The unanimous decision was in part influenced by protesters from the Nebraska Human Society and from citizens around the state who balked at the idea of weakening pet care laws and barked in supported of their four-legged companions.
State senator Tom Carlson had proposed reducing the regular inspections to save money, following the state’s projected budget deficit of about $334 million. Inspections would have been preformed only following complaints.
Judy Varner, CEO of the Nebraska Humane Society, told the news source, "No one ever goes to a lot of puppy mills – everything is sold over the internet." She added, "Nobody would ever know the conditions" if the inspections weren’t regularly performed.
According to the U.S. Humane Society, there are about 74.8 million owned dogs in the country.