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Wisconsin governor signs anti-puppy mill bill into law

December 1, 2009 |  8:35 pm

Poms MADISON, Wis. — Gov. Jim Doyle has signed a bill designed to eliminate puppy mills where dogs live in abusive and neglectful conditions.

The law will require dog breeders who sell more than 25 dogs annually to get a license through the state.

Breeders will have to meet standards of care, such as providing each dog with enough food, shelter and opportunity for exercise.

The state will investigate the breeder's background before issuing a license and can suspend or revoke it for violations.

Animal rights activists have been pushing for regulations in Wisconsin for years, saying the state's hands-off approach has made it a magnet for large-scale puppy mills.

-- Associated Press

Photo: Pomeranian puppies rescued from a puppy mill in California.  Credit: Marc Martin / Los Angeles Times

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