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The Missouri Senate debates a bill affecting "puppy mill" operators

March 7, 2001
By: Michelle Wirth
State Capital Bureau

Lawmakers debate a new set of regulations for so called puppy mills... Michelle Wirth has more from Jefferson City.

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Organizations supporting the dog breeding industry, oppose a Senate bill making changes to the Animal Care Facility Act. The bill raises licensing fees for commericial dog breeders and changes search procedures in what's known as puppy mills. Anne Edwards, with the Missouri Federation of Animal Owners, says the bill hurts dog breeders.

Actuality:Edwards
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OutCue: simply punish the breeders
Contents: I believe the major intent of these revisions is not to improve the welfare of the animals but simply punish the breeders.

Edwards says that breeders wouldn't be in business unless they love these animals. From Jefferson City, I'm Michelle Wirth.

Meaner dogs...that's what one animal specialist says will happen if lawmakers don't toughen up on so called puppy mills. Michelle Wirth has more from Jefferson City.

Animal behaviorist Gary Abelov supports a Missouri senate bill that amends the Animal Care Facility Act. Abelov says poor puppy mill conditions have led to a surge of pet store dogs with behavioral problems.

Actuality:Abelov
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OutCue: almost afraid to buy dogs now
Contents: When you start having golden retrievers who are showing you their teeth, dogs that are afraid of absolutely everything and everyone. I see it all the time and the fears and phobias are getting to a point where people are almost afraid to buy dogs now.

The bill raises the licensing fees for dogs and revises search procedures for puppy mills. From Jefferson City, I'm Michelle Wirth.