Missouri's Debate over Dog Breeding Continues
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - Missouri's debate over dog breeding is continuing. After previously passing through the ballot box and the state Legislature, the most recent discussions have focused on new regulations that were required to be developed by the Missouri Department of Agriculture.
The Missouri Federation of Animal Owners sought changes to how veterinary care requirements were handled under the rules. Humane groups have voiced concerns about how issues such as flooring and outdoor access are handled. They also are concerned that higher licensing fees could pose financial problems for animal shelters and force some to close.
The licensing fees increased from up to $500 to a maximum of $2,500. Animal shelters lost their exemption from the license charges under legislation approved last year.