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Texas legislature approves new rules for breeders

Texas legislature approves new rules for breeders
Thursday, May 26, 2011 - 1:12am

The Texas legislature passed with barks and meows a final version of new rules and fees on commercial dog and cat breeders.

Representatives late Wednesday voted 100-40 to send the bill cracking down on so-called "puppy mills" to Gov. Rick Perry. It's unclear if he'll sign it.

Breeders would have to be licensed and undergo yearly inspection, as well as provide basic grooming, an annual veterinary exam and clean caging.

The legislation defines commercial breeders as those who sell or exchange 20 or more animals yearly and have 11 or more breeding females. It exempts breeders raising greyhounds and hunting dogs.

Opponents call the bill government overreach, claiming it may put even responsible breeders out of business. They maintain that existing animal cruelty laws are enough to address problems.

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