Posted at: 02/19/2013 3:55 PM
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Gov. Mark Dayton says he supports a bill to tighten state regulations for professional dog and cat breeders.
Dayton spoke Tuesday at a Capitol rally sponsored by state humane societies and other groups that fight animal mistreatment. He says "we'll do everything possible" to pass a bill that's aimed at preventing what are often called puppy or kitty mills.
Dayton, who mentioned his own three dogs, says breeders who run such mills aren't wanted in Minnesota.
The bill mandates yearly inspections and regulatory fees to operations with a certain number of breeding animals and yearly births. Some hobby breeders say it would be a burden on small operations not primarily run for profit.
The bill has had one House hearing but still has multiple steps in the legislative process.
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