Posted: Sep 11, 2013 12:39 AM by MTN News
The US Department of Agriculture is tightening restrictions on people who breed and sell pets online or over the phone.
The move is to ensure businesses are adhering to guidelines set by the Animal Welfare Act.
The new restrictions would require that any breeders with four or more breeding dogs be licensed, which means they would have to pass inspections like any "storefront" pet store.
Employees at the Lewis and Clark Humane Society are celebrating the new restrictions and say it hits close to home, recalling the recent Michael Chilinski case.
Gina Wiest, Executive Director of the Lewis & Clark Humane Society, said, "You know with all of the malamutes. That's a perfect example of him selling these animals sight-unseen and not knowing, people not knowing where these animals are coming from and you know that was overseas."
"People need to remember too, that if they're seeing a dog online that doesn't necessarily mean that's the dog they're going to get, because that's what mister Chilinski did," Wiest said.
The humane society asks anyone seeking to buy a pet through a breeder advertising online, to contact them first to inquire about those with best practices.