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Rep. Cindy Axne calls for stiffer requirements in Animal Welfare Act

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Representative Cindy Axen calls for stricter requirements in animal welfare law

Husky was found in a Wayne County puppy mill
Siberian husky is found at a puppy mill in Wayne County. Image via court documents

US Representative Cindy Axen of Iowa A new bill was introduced this week that aims to tighten enforcement of federal animal welfare law.

News leadership: “Goldie’s Law” is named after one of 500 dogs recently found in deplorable conditions at Daniel Ginger’s puppy mill in Wayne County, which closed last month.

  • Inspectors saw Goldie, a golden retriever who was later described as “extremely emaciated,” but did not provide an official report on her condition or existence.
  • Months later, she was found in a barn with no water and no body fat. She was euthanized on site.

playing condition: The USDA is responsible for examining and enforcing violations of the Animal Welfare Act, which aims to set minimum standards of care for animal operations, such as kennel facilities.

  • Yes, but: Even if USDA inspectors see violations, they may not record them or implement any sanctions.

details: The Axne bill would require inspectors to document and report all crimes.

  • It will also require the removal of suffering animals, more frequent inspections and financial penalties for violations.

From the note: The bill was introduced with bipartisan support.

Goldie the dog was emaciated
Goldie, the golden retriever named after Axne Bill for addressing animal welfare. Image via court documents

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