Missouri Senate votes to repeal some dog-breeding rules
Thursday, March 10, 2011 | 3:40 p.m. CST
JEFFERSON CITY — The Missouri Senate has voted 20-14 to repeal several mandates in a dog-breeding law approved by voters in November.
Thursday's vote sends the bill to the House. Most of the support came from Republicans in districts outside the Kansas City and St. Louis areas.
The law was approved by 52 percent of voters in last year's election.
The Senate bill removes the cap of 50 breeding dogs per breeder and rolls back requirements for the dogs' living conditions. It also removes the possibility of criminal penalties except for repeat violators.
The legislation would allow officials to seek a court order against violators and a civil penalty of up to $1,000 per violation.
Proponents said the voter-passed law could wipe out Missouri's dog-breeding industry. Critics say voters' decision should be respected.
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