Governor Nixon Signs Compromise Dog-Breeding Bill
JEFFERSON CITY- Wednesday night Governor Jay Nixon signed into law new legislation rewriting a voter-approved law on dog-breeding operations.
"Animals aren't receiving the humane treatment that they deserve and that reflects our state and I think that is something that we should move very quickly on," said Nixon.
The new legislation comes after ther governor signed a previously passed bill reapealing key sections of the "Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act" approved by voters last november. The compromise was made among state-based agriculture and animal welfare groups and lawmakers.
Overall the new legislation means a voter-approved limit of 50 breeding dogs per business will be repealed. In addtion to specifics of the living-space requirements, it gives breeders more time to comply with the new rules.
The fees paid by breeders also would be increased to finance the state's regulatory efforts.