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Mo. Senate panel OKs changes to dog breeding law

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The Missouri Capitol Building in Jefferson City, Mo. (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

A Missouri Senate panel has given its approval to a bill changing the state law for dog breeders.

The Senate agriculture committee endorsed legislation Thursday that would modify a ballot measure, known as "Prop. B," approved by voters in November.

The bill would delete the limit of 50 dogs per breeder and give licensed breeders up to 180 days to correct serious violations before they face criminal charges.

The measure would still require veterinarians to do an onsite examination of the dogs at least once per year. Veterinarians would also care for seriously injured dogs and euthanizing them, if necessary.

The legislation next goes to the full Senate.

In the House, a committee considering similar bills finished hearing testimony Thursday and will debate amendments to them next week.

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