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Update the Kansas Pet Animal Act (KPAA)


It’s time Kansas update the requirements and protection for pet animals being used and sold from dog breeding operations and pet stores, and help put an end to puppy mills.

The Kansas Pet Animal Act (KPAA) is a thirty-three-year-old law that poorly outlines the requirements for the health, safety, welfare, and treatment of pet animals being raised and sold in commercial dog and cat breeding operations and pet stores.

It’s time for Kansas update the KPAA to better the requirements and protection for pet animals being used and sold from dog breeding operations and pet stores, and help put an end to puppy mills in Kansas.

What is a Puppy Mill?

A puppy mill is a dog breeding operation, which puts the profit of an animal above all else. A puppy mill will sell an animal for monetary compensation to a dog auction, pet store, online, or direct to the consumer. In a puppy mill, the needs of all or some of the dogs are not being met, like inadequate shelter, enough food, clean water, sanitation, or veterinary treatment.

Why Do Puppy Mills Thrive in Kansas?

The Kansas Pet Animal Act (KPAA) is the thirty-three-year old law that outlines the requirements for the health, safety, welfare, and treatment of pet animals being used, raised, and sold in commercial dog and cat breeding operations and pet stores.

Because the KPAA hasn’t been updated in almost thirty years, the requirements for the health, safety, welfare, and treatment of dogs (and cats) being used, raised, and sold from a breeding operation or in a pet store are woefully inadequate – and it’s allowing puppy mills to thrive in Kansas. In addition to an inadequate law, the state government program responsible for regulating commercial dog breeding operations is failing to take initiative to update the law or their program.

The Animal Facilities Inspection Program (AFI), housed under the Kansas Department of Agriculture, is responsible for overseeing commercial breeding operations and pet stores and enforcing the KPAA. AFI is required to inspect licensees and enforce penalties if violations are found in accordance with the KPAA. 

A 2018 state government audit proved that the AFI Program is failing in its responsibilities and subsequently allowing the rampant mistreatment and suffering of pet animals. When the government audit was released, it concluded that AFI was failing to adopt and enforce adequate policies and procedures, lacked management oversight and staffing, and had not made any significant progress on dog breeding conditions in Kansas since 2002.

The Solution: Update the Law

Due to a failing AFI program that allows puppy mills to thrive and the inadequacy of the outdated Kansas Pet Animal Act to stop it, we recommend passing a updated law that ends the mistreatment and suffering of our pets. This new law is titled the Kansas Pet Protection Act (KPPA).

The Kansas Pet Protection Act will establish a definition of health, safety, and welfare to identify and prevent animal suffering for animals being used, raised, and sold in commercial breeding operations and pet stores. The KPPA will require AFI to enforce the law. It will increase the responsibility of breeding operations and pet stores, therefore protecting pets from neglect, mistreatment, and suffering. In addition, the KPPA will increase consumer protection by requiring transparency for pet purchases.

 

The Kansas Pet Protection Act will help put an end to puppy mills in Kansas.

Quick Facts

The KPAA is thirty-three-years old, meaning it’s woefully inadequate. It cannot guarantee the health, safety, and welfare of pet animals being used, raised, and sold in Kansas.

The AFI Program, responsible for overseeing commercial dog breeding operations and pet stores and enforcing the KPAA, is failing in its job.

Kansas has 273 dog breeding operations, many of which are puppy mills.

Kansas has fourteen pet stores, many of which buy their pet animals from a puppy mill or problematic breeding operation.

Updating the KPAA means increased accountability of the AFI Program and dog breeders, and improving the protections for pet animals being used and sold from dog breeding operations and pet stores.

What can you do?

Call or e-mail your state legislator today to respectfully request Kansas update the thirty-three-year old Kansas Pet Animal Act to better the requirements and protection for pet animals being used and sold from dog breeding operations and pet stores, and help put an end to puppy mills in Kansas.

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