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Forum News Service, Published March 05 2014

Pet breeder inspection in proposed Minnesota measure

ST. PAUL - A long-discussed bill to regulate pet breeding made some progress Wednesday.

The House Agriculture Policy Committee approved the measure, which includes a provision that requires commercial pet breeders be inspected and licensed. The Animal Health Board would be in charge.

“It’s my firm contention that based upon the compromises that were reached in this bill, that after several years, even folks who were nervous about it, or suspicious about it, will be happy with it and recognize that it affords them to be seen as the good actors that they are and that there are not other onerous conditions placed on them to operate their business,” Rep. John Lesch, D-St. Paul, said.

A previous version of the bill required unannounced inspections, but that is not in the version that passed.

Pet breeders have concern about how the Animal Health Board would be able to deny a license.

Legislators have discussed regulating pet breeders for at least seven years.