Commissioners unanimously approve ‘puppy mill’ ordinance

The Bartholomew County Courthouse plays a prominent role in the first part of the documentary “It Began With Bartholomew”. Mike Wolanin | The Republic

COLUMBUS, Ind. – An ordinance governing the keeping of dogs or cats for breeding purposes, as well as penalties for violations, was unanimously approved by the Bartholomew district commissioners.

“It makes it very difficult for any large grower to settle in Bartholomew County,” said commission chairman Larry Kleinhenz on Monday.

“I think the revision (of the regulation) will help some of our viewers as well as others in the community to feel a little better about ‘puppy mills’ in the absence of a better choice of words,” added Commissioner Carl Lienhoop. “This enforces this provision.”

The regulation now states that a breeder may under no circumstances operate with more than 10 unchanged bitches or cats over 12 months. Current fines will be increased to $ 100 per day and will be assessed every day the issue is not resolved, the document says.

It also becomes illegal for any owner to leave a dog, cat, or other animal within the county. However, the regulation allows wildcats to be caught and neutered or neutered by an agency commissioned by the county before the wildcat is returned to its original location.

For the full story, see Tuesday’s Republic.

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Mark Webber is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at [email protected] or 812-379-5636.

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