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Dog breeding measure adopted in Missouri

 

(11/3/2010)

The ballot initiative in Missouri that would increase regulation of dog 
breeders -- the "Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act," or Proposition B (Prop B) 
-- was adopted yesterday by a narrow vote, with 51% of voters approving the 
measure. 

The initiative, carried to the ballot by The Humane Society of the United 
States (HSUS), with assistance from the American Society for the Prevention of 
Cruelty to Animals, limits commercial breeders to no more than 50 female 
breeding dogs and requires that those dogs be bred no more than twice every 18 
months.

It also increases living space for dogs, requires indoor housing with 
unfettered access to outdoor exercise yards, requires that dogs be fed daily 
and requires that dogs be examined annually by veterinarians.

Violations will be misdemeanors that carry fines of $300 and jail sentences of 
15 days.

Prop B becomes effective in one year.

Missouri is said to be the largest dog breeding state in the U.S., with an 
estimated one of every three or four of puppies sold in pet stores in the U.S. 
having been born in the state, which has 1,400 licensed breeders and hundreds 
who are thought to be operating illegally.

Animal protection interests refer to Missouri as the country's "puppy mill 
capital."






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