The issue of problematic dog and cat breeding in Minnesota is well-documented.

Below is an overview of the issue and why state oversight and regulation of commercial dog and cat breeders is needed.


(All photos are from Minnesota breeding facilities. Photo below is from a dog breeder in Becker County; second photo is from a breeder in Morrison County; third photo is from a breeder in Jackson County. Photo on home page is from a dog breeder in Morrison County.)



  • Minnesota is among the top producers of puppies in the nation - with some breeding kennels housing 300, 600 or over 1,000 dogs and puppies. Kittens are also mass-produced in Minnesota.
  • While reputable breeders invest in the health, safety and well-being of the animals, unscrupulous and negligent breeders cut corners in their operations to maximize sales and profits - creating substandard and deplorable breeding conditions.
  • Unhealthy dogs and cats are sold to consumers who may end up paying thousands of dollars in veterinarian costs.
  • UPDATE: As of May 20, 2014, the Dog and Cat Breeder Regulation Bill was signed into law! Now Minnesota has a State law to help protect dogs and cats in breeding facilities through licensing, inspections and regulation.


The MN Dog and Cat Breeder Regulation Law will regulate the dog and cat breeding industry in Minnesota through:

  • Licensing - Require commercial dog and cat breeders in Minnesota to be licensed in order to operate and sell dogs and cats in the State of Minnesota
  • Inspections and Enforcement - Gives legal authority to the Minnesota Board of Animal Health to inspect commercial dog and cat breeding facilities annually and enforce existing State laws and new laws to ensure animal care standards are met
  • Penalties - Impose civil, administrative and criminal penalties for those who violate the law

The goal of breeder regulation is to promote healthy and safe dogs and cats.




State licensing and regulation will provide much-needed oversight of the dog and cat breeding industry so as to raise standards, improve animal health and help prevent animal pain and suffering before it happens.

Minnesota's current system relied solely on complaints - after the animal is sick, diseased, neglected, abused or dead. Citizens needed tofirst see the neglect or abuse and report it; law enforcement could then investigate; and prosecutors could choose to prosecute. This process is costly for communities.

Regulatory law provides a more efficient use of resources.


  • For further details about the issue and legislative process, go to: www.animalfolksmn.org
  • SPEAK UP coalition members have specific stories about rescued dogs and cats from breeding facilities and investigations. For links to their websites, go to: Supporters