DFL lawmakers in the Minnesota House and Senate have introduced identical bills for new state regulations aimed at curbing the mistreatment of animals at so-called "puppy mills," The Associated Press reports.
The new bill calls for yearly state inspections and a $250 annual license feel for dog and cat breeding operations.
The measure comes as animal protection groups push lawmakers for more oversight of breeding facilities. One advocate, Nancy Minion, said most breeders are reputable, but new regulations would help catch the ones who are not.
According to The AP, some of the reputable breeders say new regulations would be a burden.