Source: Indiana Public Media

Governor Eric Holcomb signed HB 1412 into law in Indiana, allowing pet stores to sell dogs statewide, overriding local ordinances. The bill mandates pet stores to register with the state and adhere to new care standards, including sourcing dogs only from breeders following Purdue University’s certification program. However, these standards are not publicly accessible, and smaller breeders are exempt.

The legislation also requires state inspections of pet stores, but these won’t commence until July 2025, whereas local ordinances will be nullified by July of this year. Proponents argue the law will improve dog welfare by ensuring breeders meet higher standards, while opponents are concerned about the override of local regulations and the lack of transparency regarding the standards.

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