The law was designed to improve conditions for dogs in commercial breeding facilities and those being kept in rescues and shelters. Many former "puppy mills" have either downsized or gone out of business completely since the law was implemented. Dog auctions are no longer held in Wisconsin. Dog selling facilities that do not meet the minimum requirements of the law are given opportunities to comply but will lose their license to operate if they continue to fail to come into compliance.
It seems ironic that almost five years to the date of the law being passed, Clark County Humane Society was called upon to rescue 28 dogs that were surrendered by a Jackson County breeder that did not come into compliance with the state law and as a result was not granted a license to operate. Without Act 90, without that historic event on December 1, 2009, these 28 dogs would not have been saved.
You can read the entire DATCP Dog Sellers Program Report (2014) by clicking this link.
Please consider making a donation to the Clark County Humane Society for the expenses they have incurred while caring for these dogs and preparing them for adoption.
If you have concerns about a dog selling facility, please fill out an on-line complaint form to DATCP from this link. The inspectors can only inspect those facilities that they know about and it is up to YOU to help make the system work.