Dept. of Agriculture to Regulate Puppy Imports to the US

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-08_1ab67c8dfe.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- New regulations are coming for puppy imports to the United States. The Department of Agriculture has approved a regulation that, beginning in 90 days, will require all puppies imported to the U.S. be at least 6 months old, healthy, and up to date on vaccinations.

For years, dog breeders from foreign countries have gone unregulated. Animal welfare workers say they've shipped puppies so young and so sick that one in four died before getting to a U.S. airport.

A spokesperson for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says many of the puppies imported into the U.S. came from mills in China and Eastern Europe.

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