PORTLAND, Ore. -- A Southern Oregon commercial dog breeder may be the first state resident to voluntarily surrender dogs in compliance with the recently enacted Puppy Protection Act, according to the Oregon Humane Society.
OHS was expected to take in 43 dogs late Thursday from the Medford-area breeder, according to David Lytle, a spokesman at the Humane Society's North Portland animal shelter.
The dogs expected Tuesday night at the shelter included Yorkshire, West Highland, Wheaten, Rat and Cairn terriers, Chihuahua, Pomeranian, Daschund, Bichon Frise, Chicon and Brussels Griffon breeds, Lytle said.
House Bill 2470, better known as the Puppy Mill bill, took effect less than three months ago, on Jan. 1, and limits Oregon breeders to 50 dogs per facility, with mandated minimum care standards that include room to move around their cages and daily exercise.
Lytle said Humane Society officials reached out to breeders across the state last year, in anticipation of the bill, and in order to save as many dogs as possible.
Humane Society officials did not identify the breeder in exchange for his cooperation, Lytle said. However, the shelter released a statement that was said to have been given by the anonymous breeder.
“I just want these dogs to go to loving homes. I am thankful that OHS is helping me be in compliance with the law,” read the statement, which came in a Humane Society press release Thursday.
The dogs will be available for adoption March 31, Lytle said.
Earlier Thursday, Washington County Animal Control shelter manager Deborah Wood told KGW that 17 Chihuahuas to be prepared for adoption were transferred from Portland to Hillsboro's Bonnie Hays Small Animal Shelter.