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Lawmakers at Odds Over Puppy Mill Bill

Associated Press - May 7, 2017 5:18 pm

Some Kansas lawmakers and animal welfare advocates are holding up a bill increasing fees on pet stores, breeders and kennels in hopes that they can also pass more stringent oversight of breeders.

House and Senate negotiators couldn’t agree last week on a bill increasing fees and oversight. They moved forward with only the fee increase. But House members rejected that Thursday and sent the bill back to the negotiating committee.

At issue is a measure to require surprise inspections of breeders, a move supporters say would help address problem breeders, or “puppy mills” that mistreat animals.

Those who oppose surprise inspections say alerting breeders about an inspection ensures someone will be at the facility when inspectors arrive, but doesn’t allow breeders time to hide wrongdoing.

Craig Shapiro

May 8, 2017 at 10:26 am

The tighter the oversights the better. Puppy mills are mass-breeding factories where animals’ welfare is of no concern, but ALL breeders worsen the homeless-animal overpopulation crisis: Every puppy purchased from a breeder denies a home to a dog whose life may depend on being adopted. Here’s an idea: Make breeders a non-issue by adopting, not shopping, when we open our homes to an animal companion.

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