Paws + Laws

HOW TO REPORT A PROBLEM

Have you witnessed inhumane conditions within a commercial dog breeding facility or pet store in Iowa? Have you purchased a sick puppy? We have Iowans reach out to us every day to ask how to report these types of problems. Please make your voice heard.

FILE A COMPLAINT ABOUT A PET STORE OR COMMERCIAL DOG BREEDING FACILITY

The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) is responsible for the oversight of pet stores and commercial dog breeding facilities. Complete the form below to file a complaint. Your complaint must include specifics like the date, time and description of your complaint. Use concise and direct language. DO NOT provide emotional conjecture or judgements.

If an animal is in immediate danger, please contact your local law enforcement agency now.

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FILE A COMPLAINT ABOUT AN UNLICENSED COMMERCIAL DOG BREEDING FACILITY

Contact the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) using the form below to report an unlicensed commercial dog breeding facility or an individual you believe is selling dogs, puppies, or other animals without a license.

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HAVE YOU PURCHASED A SICK PUPPY?

If you’ve purchased a sick puppy, please make your voice heard. We, and several other entities, should be notified.

IOWA DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AND LAND STEWARDSHIP
The Iowa state veterinarian Dr. Jeff Kaisand should be alerted to any sick puppy sold to the public.

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IOWA VETERINARY MEDICAL ASSOCIATION
The state veterinary association should also be made aware of significant health issues associated with pets sold to the public by pet stores and others.

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IOWA ATTORNEY GENERAL’S OFFICE
Share your story with the Iowa Attorney General, which should be made aware of pet stores and others who are distributing sick puppies. The Consumer “Private Right of Action” law which went into effect July 1, 2009 provides better protection for consumers, including consumers who end up with a sick puppy. In cases where the consumer wins, the court must award reasonable court costs, which means the consumer isn’t held responsible for costs…the seller is!

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SHARE YOUR STORY
Last, but certainly not least, please share your story with us. We’re gathering this information to help us with our efforts in the Capitol. The legislators need to hear about this significant consumer protection issue.

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