Missouri Lawmakers Approve Overhauling Dog-Breeding Law
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - The Missouri House approved legislation to modify many provisions in the Animal Care Facilities Act (ACFA) and the Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act. . The bill would allow licensing costs of up to $2,500 instead of $500, and would impose an additional $25 annual fee to finance state efforts to crack down on unlicensed dog breeders. The House approved the legislation 85-71 on Wednesday. It cleared the Senate last month and goes now to Gov. Jay Nixon.
The bill eliminates a cap on owning 50 breeding dogs and rolls back various new requirements on dogs' living conditions. Instead, breeders would need to provide appropriate space for their animals based on regulations set by the Department of Agriculture. The finished draft of the bill is posted online here.