Lawmaker to pursue puppy mill bill

Oklahoma City (AP) - Legislation that would license animal breeders and impose regulations on the cat and dog breeding industry failed to win passage in the legislature this year.  But its author said Wednesday the measure is at the top of her legislative agenda for next year.

Rep. Lee Denney of Cushing says the bill was blocked by members of a Senate Conference Committee who could not agree on its language. But Denney says the bill will be resurrected in 2010.  The measure would require registration of breeders who sell 35 or more puppies and make them subject to routine annual inspections.

There are currently no state regulations for cat and dog breeders in the state. Denney says regulations are needed to assure animals are treated humanely and that consumers get healthy pets.

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