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Minnesota Attempt to Pass a Pet Breeding Bill

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A bill going through the Minnesota house and senate aims to help cut down dog and cat mills in the state and if it passes, commercial pet breeders will get stuck with additional licensing and inspection requirements. Valley News Live finds out what breeders and pet groups think about this new legislation.

      Currently, breeders are licensed and inspected yearly by a branch of the USDA, but if this bill is passed into law breeders with ten or more adult animals will also need to get licensed and inspected by the state. A longtime breeder I spoke with says she understands what good the bill could bring but fears the regulation costs could shut them down.

"I mean breeders don't make a lot of  money. The fees for the permits and stuff like that can be real hardship for us," said Dogface Doggie Patch Owner Leona Miller.  

Leona and her husband Bryan have been breeding dogs since 1966. They currently  only breed 12 Old English Bull dogs at Dogface Doggie Patch, but the law would impact their small, family-run business.

"It would add on our expenses and you know when you are a good breeder you have a lot of  expenses," says Miller.

Other animal groups, like pet stores and the F-M Humane society, think this bill is a good start.

"It is a good thing that is going to help stop a lot of bad breeders out there," say Pets R Inn Co-owner and Manage Shaun Evanson.

The Human Society and other pet advocacy groups think since breeders are making money like a business they should be inspected like other businesses.

"If animals are being breed for profit it is only fair that animal are being regulated and licensed," say Fargo Moorhead Humane Society executive director Nukhet Hendricks.

Animal advocates feel this is a good start.. and they'd like to see the law expanded to even smaller breeders.

The bills are still being discussed in house and senate committees and have not been voted on yet.


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