Durbin, Vitter Praise USDA Action Against Online Puppy Mills

Sens. Richard J. Durbin and David Vitter aren’t usually kindred spirits, but they’ve found common cause against puppy mills.

On Tuesday afternoon, the Illinois Democrat and Louisiana Republican praised publication of a final rule from the Agriculture Department that subjects operators of puppy mills selling animals online to new regulations.

“Too often, the media reports stories about dogs rescued from substandard facilities — where puppies are housed in stacked wire cages and routinely denied access to veterinary care. Unfortunately, online dog sales have contributed to the rise of these sad cases” Durbin said in a statement. “Today’s announcement by the USDA brings much needed oversight to the previously unregulated business of online breeders and puppy mills.”

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