Commercial dog breeding regulation was signed into lawby the governor of Pennsylvania.

By People Staff
November 19, 2008 04:22 PM

The state of Pennsylvania is one step closer to shedding it’s nickname “the puppy mill capital of the east,” after a landmark commercial dog breeding regulation was signed into law by the state’s governor.

According to the Associated Press, the new law targets about 650 large-scale commercial breeders that sell any dogs to dealers and pet shops or traffic in at least 60 dogs per year. Violators would be subject to both criminal and civil penalties, the report said.

The law change was prompted by news that two kennel operators shot 80 dogs on their property in August when officials ordered some of the dogs be seen by vets. The case was profiled on The Oprah Winfrey Show and dog-lovers everywhere were outraged when they learned that it was actually legal to shoot dogs in that state. The efforts of one local man named Bill Smith, of Main Line Animal Rescue in Chester County, was profiled in PEOPLE .

With the passage of this new law, only veterinarians will be allowed to euthanize dogs in commercial breeding kennels. It is now illegal to keep dogs in stacked cages or cages with wire flooring.