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Public hearing is today on a bill to regulate dog breeders

A public hearing will be held today on a bill to regulate dog breeders in Wisconsin.

The idea is to discourage puppy mills where critics say large numbers of dogs are neglected and warehoused in tight quarters.

State agriculture officials say Wisconsin has become a magnet for large breeders, because it does not regulate the industry.

The bill requires those selling over 25 dogs in a year from at least three litters to have a state license.

Previous efforts to regulate dog breeders have failed.

Unlike past bills, the new one applies only to dogs and not other animals.