Oklahoma Governor signs pet breeder oversight bill

By: Amanda Brown Email
By: Amanda Brown Email

ARDMORE, OK-- A new law will make running a business a lot easier for Oklahoma pet breeders and could strengthen the economy at the same time. Yesterday Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin signed into law a measure that changes who is in charge of monitoring commercial pet breeders in the state of Oklahoma

The new law will abolish the Commercial Pet Breeders Board... whose members were put in charge of making sure pet breeding businesses abide by standards of care... the new law will now transfer those duties to the state department of Agriculture.

Local Senator Josh Brecheen sponsored the bill and said that the Commercial Pet Breeders board had a few members with ties to the humane society, which influenced some unnecessary regulations on breeders along with hefty fines. They said the rules set by the board made it difficult for breeders to keep their pet breeding businesses and put several of them out of work. The new law will go into effect July 1st.


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  • by Dog Owner on Jun 14, 2012 at 10:50 PM
    Going backwards here. The Gov needs some time volunteering at animal shelters to see the glut of unwanted animals. These breeders sell a few puppies when they are cute and dump or breed the rest. Government and people spend lots of money trying to care for these poor animals. This just makes it worse. DUMB.
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      by Anonymous on Jun 15, 2012 at 05:57 AM in reply to Dog Owner
      commercial breeders are not responsible for the glut of unwanted pets. It's the irresponsible animal lovers! You still can't fix stupid. Gov't should not participate in saving unwanted pets beyound the quick elimination. No gov't funded pet shelters.
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        by Clifford on Jun 19, 2012 at 09:42 AM in reply to
        It's true, you can't fix stupid but you can sell them a puppy! I've got 3 dogs that we did not want but we got 'em because low life scum dumped them near our house. I think you should have to pass a test before you can pro-create or own a pet. There are a lot of simularities the biggest difference is most dogs are smart but don't get to choose thier owners and dumb people who reproduce usually just start another generation of idiots........We spay and neuter dogs and cats so why cant we do humans too!
  • by Need Cronie Oversight Location: Lake Croniehoma on Jun 7, 2012 at 01:58 PM
    The Okie Gubnuber just had a nice get together for the new lodge being built at lake murry! U know the several million dollar project that wont cost the taxpayer anything! Kinda like the State giving Duurant 180,000.00 to build a splash pad to waste water with! How bout those former gubenors keating, henry, and super okie gumm that implemented laws so their good buddys could have the lake texoma state park for pennies on the dollar! Purty good deal get all the land along with a couple really nice golf courses for only 50K down! and ten years no interest to get the money together. Then con marshall county taxpayers to pay for their playground! Heck henry and the boys even took 400K from the school system to pay the closing costs for the theft! Funny how the owners of point vista has repaid these good deeds by having keating/henry and others millions to sit on various "boards" for his "companys" Is your soul for sale dear?
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      by What up on Jun 18, 2012 at 06:48 AM in reply to Need Cronie Oversight
      Henry, Keating, Gumm, should all be investigated since McClendon is going down or will soon. Yep, these scabs sold out and the tax payers will be left holding the bag. The future of the lodge area is a trailer park!
  • by Dill Location: Doe on May 31, 2012 at 03:01 PM
    Hush Puppy!
  • by redneck Location: crazyview on May 31, 2012 at 10:24 AM
    Oklahoma politics just keeps going backwards in civilization! We have 7 pets why; they were unwanted strays dumped on us. When will people realize puppy mills are terrible in too many ways. Spay or neuter your pet and that idiot governor along with the Senator! WE NEED HUMANE in our treatment of animal breeders. Wonder how much $ the elected officials got on this bill?
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      by Mary on May 31, 2012 at 05:29 PM in reply to redneck
      I agree totally!
  • by JLJL Location: TEXAS on May 31, 2012 at 09:24 AM
    I RESCUED A FEMALE DOG THAT HAD BEEN CAGED AND HAD TO BREED HER ENTIRE LIFE. SHE HAD NO IDEA HOW TO INTERACT WITH PEOPLE AT ALL. IT TOOK ABOUT 6 MONTHS BEFORE SHE WOULD TRUST PEOPLE AT ALL. WHEN I WOULD PICK HER UP SHE WOULD STIFFEN HER LEGS BECAUSE SHE HAD OBVIOUSLY NEVER BEEN HANDLED BEFORE. SHE ALSO HAD NOT BEEN PROPERLY CARED FOR BY A VET. HER UTERUS WAS FULL OF TUMORS AND CYSTS. IT IS A GREAT SHAME THAT THE LAW WAS CHANGED TO HELP THE BREEDER MAKE MORE MONEY. VERY SAD!
  • by Willie Location: Durant on May 31, 2012 at 08:31 AM
    Brecheen is a joke! He was elected solely because of the (R) next to his name in a "party line" vote. This is what we get when Republicans aren't smart enough to look at the candidates qualifications and record. Brecheen has done nothing for the district he represents. NOTHING! His biggest accomplishment was praying for rain during last summer's drought. (Didn't do any good) Now he's going to be responsible for hundreds, if not more, animals that will be subjected to cruel and inhumane treatment. Many of which will end up dying in these unregulated puppy mills and many more going to those "kill shelters". He claims to be a man of faith, yet he cares nothing for God's creatures, who offer us humans their love and companionship. He has put the corporate lobbyists ahead of common sense and the health & well being of our four legged friends. Brecheen is not fit for office, and those who mindlessly voted him in should be forced to go an over-populated shelter and put down these "throw away" puppies that the unregulated breeders keep producing. Brecheen is a sickening, worthless GOP stooge who needs to be replaced with real leadership. The kind of leadership we had before the ignorant party line vote that put him in a place where he had no business.
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      by redneck on May 31, 2012 at 10:32 AM in reply to Willie
      You are so right! Too many people vote straight party thus we wind up with idiots on both sides. People take the time to pick through YOUR vote.
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      by Anonymous on Jun 1, 2012 at 06:42 AM in reply to Willie
      Okay Willie, we're ready for you to jump right in there and run for office! We need some real leadership. You gonna be an (R) or a (D), maybe an(I), let us know. Your knowledge of animals, and puppy mills in particular, should get you to the top in no time!
  • by Joey Location: Denison on May 31, 2012 at 08:16 AM
    Of course, by all means, we wouldn't want anyone with ties to the humane society to be involved in assuring the humane treatment of animals. I believe it is important with respect to any and all regulatory authorities to be infested with those who have their hands in the pockets of those whom they regulate. In a related matter, I am writing a letter to the state of Califiornia nominating Charlie Manson to the parole board, and will be supporting his campaign for Attorney General.
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      by redneck on May 31, 2012 at 10:34 AM in reply to Joey
      and Ted Nugent for president.
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      by Anonymous on Jun 1, 2012 at 12:37 PM in reply to Joey
      Charles Manson would probably do better than our curernt Attorney General! Maybe at least he would do nothing instead of suing every state that does something against his democratic idealogy!! Geezz! Where's the sanity people???
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        by anonymous on Jun 1, 2012 at 02:21 PM in reply to
        There is no sanity in people or we won't have the ones we have in OKC now.
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        by Mickey on Jun 2, 2012 at 10:19 PM in reply to
        A perfect illustration of how the Republicans are focusing upon jobs, jobs, jobs. Snow jobs.
  • by Anonymous on May 31, 2012 at 08:15 AM
    Business survives on supply and demand. Not laws and regulations. Laws and regualtions allow certain groups to dictate to others how they must conduct themselves often consistent with their own agendas not the welfare of the business or product. I personally don't consider pets as people. I do not like anyone else telling me that I must treat my dog like a human. He's a good ole dog. Wouldn't take anything for him. But he is a dog!
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      by Joey on Jun 3, 2012 at 09:51 PM in reply to
      Businesses don't require protection from consumers, and consequently in a democracy, those assigned the task of regulation are not expected to protect the interests of the business, but the interests of the consumer. While the free market certainly has its way of weeding out inferior products or services over time, irreparable harm can and often has resulted when products enter the marketplace not having first met reasonable standards of safety and performance. No one should be subject to death or serious injury from an inferior product while waiting for market forces to cast a verdict. While regulation cannot gaurantee safety, it does set a standard that both helps assure safety in the short term, and provides an environment to incrementally improve the safety and performance of products over the long term. Furthermore, consumers should be able to expect some degree of financial security from the hit and run theives that the free market produces in an ever increasing abundance. While I certainly would not expect you to treat your dog like a human, I certainly believe you would be deserving of harsh punishment if you painted a target on him and shot at him for sport, or kept it penned up in a crate without food and water. You see, things like inhumane treatment of animals do not have a free market remedy. Without laws and regulations to the contrary, you could with impunity, go out and torture one to death, and just go out and get another and do the same. The world you advocate is not one of civilization, but of chaos.
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        by Anonymous on Jun 4, 2012 at 04:07 PM in reply to Joey
        I'm a simple old country boy. Your eloquent way of expressing things should qualify you for some political office! Like supply and demand there is also a law of survival of the fittest. The establishment of laws, often by those who consider themselves of superior intellect, serves to place men in position of power over others. I assure you that men can weed out those who would allow chaos of the type you imply. Men can do it without "laws of men" who will take your treasure through taxes and promise utopia. When men turn again to raising families to abide within sacred pinciples of fair play, the hit and run theives will have no market. The inhumane treatment of people and animals has free market remedies. Laws created and enforced by men create bondage not freedom. I will continue to treat my old dog well by my standards. Not yours.
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          by Joey on Jun 6, 2012 at 03:53 PM in reply to
          What a crock. When men turn again to raising families to abide within sacred principles of fair play? Call me when that happens. In fact, call Moses too.
  • by Jack on May 31, 2012 at 08:02 AM
    Awesome! Puppy mills are going to save our economy!
  • by Anonymous on May 31, 2012 at 06:14 AM
    It makes no difference who over-sees this business and I don't care if the breeders make money or not, just so long as the animals are cared for. It is a sad thing that everything in this world has to be treated as some kind of commodity.
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