First published on April 3, 2016, 10:27 p.m. MST, at

Republished with permission.

My Turn: No one wants inhumane breeders to flourish. But puppy mill ordinances have unintended consequences that make matters worse.

Animal welfare is a philosophy that promotes stewardship of species and individual animals. Many of us practice this philosophy day in

Senate Bill S2069, sponsored by Senators Linda Greenstein and Nicholas Sacco is a game changer for state and county SPCAs if enacted.  It would place animal cruelty enforcement squarely in the hands of municipally employed officers specifically trained to “investigate and sign complaints, arrest violators, and other act as a law enforcement officer for the

According to the Courier-Post, Camden County, New Jersey, appears to be on the brink of adopting a resolution to ban pet store sales of purebred and specially bred dogs and cats bred, raised and sold by Class A licensed breeders or those exempt from licensure by USDA (Hobby Breeders).  Pet stores would only be

In an ideal world, the law would shield people from aggression by others, allowing them to peacefully use their lives, liberties, and property as they desire.

In our actual world, however, many people cannot resist the urge to turn the law into a sword –

The following is re-published from guest blogger   originally posted on April 29, 2015 at

Most people like golden retriever and other pure-breed puppies. As children, many of us went to pet stores just to view and pet such pups.   But the City of East Providence, Rhode Island, is different.  It

Concerns about the oversight of animal trainers and groomers started with well-publicized cases of animal cruelty resulting from the improper care of pets by certain trainers or groomers.

Several bills have been proposed to provide oversight of groomers and trainers.

Senate, No. 2625, as previously described, would establish animal grooming facility and animal training

Movement and sales of dogs through “rescue channels” continues to explode.  While more and more cities and states are restricting sales of dogs in pet stores to those obtained from animal shelters and rescue groups, the actual source of these dogs remains obscure.  Yet, there is mounting evidence that movement through “rescue channels” includes individuals

If township ordinances base their kennel license requirements on the New Jersey State definition of kennel, without exception, hobby dog breeders should obtain a kennel license, even if they breed only once or twice a year.  Preferably, town ordinances exempt from licensure those owners who breed their dogs infrequently, often setting a specific limit of

Legislators plan to re-introduce Moose’s Law in New Jersey’s new legislative session, despite Governor Christie’s pocket veto of the bill.  The law would prohibit anyone from working with animals in New Jersey, unless the Department of Health (“DOH”) certifies that each employee (volunteer or paid) never violated any part of New Jersey’s animal cruelty statute,