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Yesterday, the Indiana Senate Agriculture Committee passed a bill that establishes strong consumer protection laws for pet stores.  As introduced, this bill also contained new, troubling definitions of “hobby breeder” and “casual breeder”.  However, these definitions were removed by the committee.

AKC thanks the Indiana Purebred Dog Alliance and local clubs and breeders who contacted the committee members to request that these new definitions not be included in the bill.

Senate Bill 134 as amended by the committee ensures pet stores may continue to operate in the state, so long as they are held to certain sourcing standards and comply with new consumer protection laws.  Those who wish to comment on the bill as amended may reach out to their State Senator.  Visit the AKC Legislative Action Center and type your address in the “Find Your Elected Officials” box to find the name and contact information for your State Senator.

AKC Government Relations will continue to monitor this and all legislation impact dog owners in Indiana.  For questions or more information, contact AKC GR at