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Public hearing is today on a bill to regulate dog breeders

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New Richmond, 54017
New Richmond Wisconsin 127 South Knowles Avenue 54017

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.

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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.

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