Experts Assess Impact of Prop. B
COLUMBIA - Animal advocates and farming organizations agreed Wednesday the passage of Proposition B will impact both dog breeders and the number of stray dogs in Missouri. Voters passed the measure yesterday with a tally that was strongly divided between rural and urban parts of the state. The act changes rules and penalties for dog breeders in the state.
Among its provisions are limits on dog breeders to a maximum of 50 female dogs for breeding, a requirement for minimum space in a dog's living area, and requirement for commercial breeders to have their dogs examined annually by a veterinarian.
Allison Toth, of the Central Missouri Humane Society, said the staff at the humane society was evenly split between favoring and opposing Prop. B. Toth said, "There will be an influx of dogs because of Prop B. Probably mostly older dogs that are harder to find a home for."
The Missouri Farm Bureau, which openly opposed Prop. B before its passage, claimed Wednesday the new restrictions will hurt every breeder in the state, not just the so-called "bad" ones.
"The [Missouri] Department of Agriculture, who regulates kennels, said that there was not one kennel that could currently satisfy the requirements of Prop B," said Kelly Smith, director of marketing at the Farm Bureau. "Not even the best of the best will be able to comply."
However, both the Humane Society and Farm Bureau did admit that there will be fewer dogs that ultimately end up without a home. Whether or not Prop. B hurts business for breeders more than it protects unwanted puppies will be seen in the next year, as the proposition takes effect.