GREEN BAY, Wis. — Green Bay officials are considering a measure that would only allow dog owners to keep puppy litters if the mother dog lives there too.
The goal is to prevent pet brokers from stockpiling hordes of animals, which can end up confined in unsanitary conditions, according to a Press-Gazette Media report (http://gbpg.net/W1OPZO ).
City officials said some brokers buy dozens of dogs online and house them in unhealthy conditions. Current law lets homeowners keep puppy litters for eight weeks, but it doesn't specify that the puppies have to have been born there.
City Alderman Joe Moore said he proposed the measure because brokers were abusing that loophole. The proposal has been endorsed by the City Council Protection & Welfare Committee.
But at least one dog owner worries that the measure would make it harder to find new homes for stray animals.
Jamie Leiberg, who houses dogs on the east side of Green Bay, said he collects a $175 to $200 fee from people who adopt animals that he helps find homes for. He sometimes takes in litters of puppies and estimates he's had as many as 14 dogs in his house a one time.
"It's not what it means to me. It's what it means to the dogs," he said. "It's going to be a hardship on them."
Olivia Webster, operations director for the Bay Area Humane Society, supports the measure because it can be harmful to separate newborn puppies from their mother, she said.
"It just seems like it's a money-making process," she said. "And these people are not caring for the welfare of the animals."
City council is scheduled to vote on the proposal in a couple of weeks.