Missouri Senate debates dog breeding legislation

Tuesday, March 8, 2011 | 4:40 p.m. CST

JEFFERSON CITY — The Missouri Senate has begun debate on legislation repealing several parts of a dog-breeding law approved last November by voters.

The bill taken up Tuesday would lift a limit of 50 dogs per breeder, scheduled to take effect later this year with the rest of the law. It also would roll back provisions regulating water bowls, indoor pens and outdoor exercise areas for dogs.

The measure is sponsored by Republican Sen. Mike Parson of Bolivar. Parson says he considers last year's ballot initiative an attack on Missouri's dog-breeding industry — which he says employs thousands of people and spends millions of dollars annually on dog food, veterinarian supplies and utilities.

Proposition B passed with 52 percent of the vote.

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