Westminster, MD asked in Consumer Law and Animal / Dog Law for Maryland

Q: My neighbor has one female German Shepherd. They consistently breed her sell the puppies and then breed her again.

1 Lawyer Answer
Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten
  • Animal & Dog Law Lawyer
  • Denver, CO

A: If you think it is animal cruelty, you can call animal control in your area. Or, most jurisdictions require a breeder permit or license to operate legally. You can also call animal control for that information to report this person, if you suspect the breeding in illegal. Otherwise, animals are property and the owner can more or less do whatever he/she wants with the dog - even though most of us would think it is cruel. This is similar to how cows and pigs and other "livestock" animals are allowed to be bred over and over again for milk and food production: they're property.

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