MADISON (WKOW) -- State officials say the first year of Wisconsin's puppy mill law has been a success.
The law, which took effect last June, requires inspections and licenses for breeders who sell 25 dogs or more.
It also prohibits selling puppies less than seven weeks old unless they go with their mothers, and requires that certificates of veterinary inspection, or health certificates, accompany dogs that are sold or adopted for a fee.
"We've taken a great first step this year toward protecting the welfare of dogs in Wisconsin," said Dr. Yvonne Bellay, humane animal programs leader for DATCP's Division of Animal Health.
The Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection says it inspected 339 breeders, dealers and sellers and 289 earned a state license.
Thirty-five were given conditional licenses and will be re-inspected. Three others were denied a license.
"We are happy with the progress we've made this year to inspect and license dog breeders, dealers and sellers, which also includes shelters and rescues. But our work is certainly not done yet," Bellay says.
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