INDIANA, (WLFI)- It could soon be illegal for dog and cat breeders in Indiana to sell animals before the age of eight weeks. State Senator Ron Alting authored Senate Bill 185 that would forbid the sale of companion animals unless it is at least eight weeks of age and has received appropriate vaccinations. Indiana code defines a companion animal as a cat or dog.
It would also make the sale of a pet that violates these standards a class C infraction and it would increase the penalty to a class B infraction if previously charged for an unlawful sale. Alting says this bill would protect animals as well as consumers.
“A large percentage of breeders know that this is what to do and they do it already, this is for the bad eggs so to speak to catch them," said state Senator Ron Alting.
“I believe each and every animal should be properly cared for, and that includes getting the appropriate vaccinations before it is purchased,” Alting said. “Often, puppies and kittens are sold too soon, threatening their well-being and making them susceptible to diseases. This is common sense legislation, protecting Hoosier pets and their owners.”
Shelters and animal control agencies would be exempt from this bill if it becomes law. The bill passed in the Senate and is now headed to the house for a vote. If it passes and is signed in to law it would take effect on July 1st.