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Bill aims to stamp out puppy mills in Minnesota
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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Animal protection groups are pushing Minnesota lawmakers to implement a new state regulatory process for dog and cat breeders aimed at rooting out puppy mills that occasionally make headlines with horrific stories of animal mistreatment.


DFL lawmakers from the Twin Cities recently introduced identical House and Senate bills. They would subject dog and cat breeding operations to yearly state inspections and a $250 annual license fee.

Nancy Minion, the co-founder of a Twin Cities animal rescue outfit, says she's seeing more animals come out of breeding facilities in horrible shape. She says most breeders run reputable operations, but that more oversight would help catch those who don't.

But some reputable breeders say regulations would be a burden, and that the bad ones can be prosecuted under existing animal cruelty laws.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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