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  • 1.  Research on illegal dog breeding countermeasures?

    Posted 08-02-2021 12:28 PM

    Does anyone know of any research that indicates what programs/laws/education help to reduce backyard / illegal dog breeding? Sometimes what we (me) think is right may not be. I am looking to help our local animal control agency with this question.  Like drugs, I believe this is a demand-side issue. Reducing demand is the key. But some primary research would be good.

    Thank you.


    John Brassner


  • 2.  RE: Research on illegal dog breeding countermeasures?

    Posted 08-04-2021 05:23 PM
    Hi John,

    Interesting question.   In the US, most dog breeding is legal.  In CA, commercial (e.g. puppy mill) breeding is illegal and in most states you need a license if you have over a certain number of dogs or litters per year.

    This paper looks interesting:


    sheila segurson
    Maddie's Fund

  • 3.  RE: Research on illegal dog breeding countermeasures?

    Posted 08-04-2021 06:41 PM
    Thank you, Sheila. That is a helpful, if imperfect article. It does focus on the segment I am trying to address: Backyard breeders. But it mostly talks about "fixing" the laws. I don't think illegal breeders care too much about the laws. A smaller section talks about other remedies such as availability of low-cost sterilization programs and creating a community cultural  understanding that backyard breeding /or not sterilizing pets is a bad thing. However, it does not address the demand-side at all which is where I believe the biggest bang-for-the-buck lies: Educate the public that buying from backyard breeders (or any breeders in some locales with over population) is unwise for the animals and the community. This still is a helpful article and thank you for finding it!

    John Brassner