Indiana Senate panel approves 'puppy mills' bill

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

An Indiana Senate committee has advanced a bill to regulate large-scale dog breeding operations in the state, but some want stricter requirements on breeders.

The committee changed a House-passed bill yesterday to eliminate specific care standards, such as sanitary conditions and an hour of exercise a day for dogs. Instead, dog breeders would fall under certain regulations from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Dog breeders told lawmakers they approved of the change and supported the regulation. But several veterinarians and others said the USDA standards were made for livestock and are not fit for dogs.

The bill could undergo more changes as the GOP-controlled Senate and Democratic-led House try to reach a compromise.


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