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Lawmakers Debate 'Humane Pet Act' to Ban the Sale of Dogs and Cats at Pet Stores


State lawmakers have been debating a bill that would limit where residents can find a new pet. KDNK’s Scott Franz has more.

The so-called humane pet act would ban the sale of dogs and cats at pet stores. It also adds several new rules for pet breeders. The bill’s sponsors want to restrict how often dogs can be bred and ban the use of small cages.

The new rules also require that breeders give their animals time to exercise. Supporters of the bill say the state’s current rules fail to protect dogs and cats from poor living conditions.

But groups representing dog breeders oppose the measure. The American Kennel Club says the new regulations would limit what breeds can be adopted and increase public health risks due to more rescue dogs coming from out of state.

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