Many states have passed laws regulating or banning puppy mills, prompting animal rescue
officials in Texas to start voicing their concern that the state may become a haven for unregulated facilities, The Dallas Morning News
Animal welfare advocates, along with police and animal rescue officials, are hoping the state's Legislature will look into passing laws that help put in place some sort of system that would not allow the breeding facilities to operate if they do not adhere to strict cruelty restrictions.
Proponents, and opponents, have varied views of what type of legislation is needed to help regulate the industry, but many agree that something must be done to help animals
who are largely defenseless.
"Puppy mills have grown tremendously in the public eye," Dale Bartlett, spokesman for the Humane Society, told the news source. "People are more and more aware of what a puppy mill is and how some are treated."
Over the past two years, animal rescue officials have conducted 10 raids on commercial breeding farms, compared to the previous average of two raids per year.