JEFFERSON CITY — Gov. Jay Nixon has signed into law new legislation rewriting a voter-approved law on dog-breeding operations.
Nixon signed the measure Wednesday evening. It capped a flurry of activity that started earlier Wednesday when Nixon signed a previously passed bill repealing key sections of the "Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act" approved by voters last November.
As part of a compromise among state-based agriculture and animal welfare groups, lawmakers quickly agreed to supersede their original bill with additional changes to the dog-breeding law.
Ultimately, it means a voter-approved limit of 50 breeding dogs per business will be repealed, and many of the original dog-care provisions will be replaced. The latest version of the bill also gives existing dog breeders more time to comply with expanded housing requirements.