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Iowa Pet Breeders Criticize Proposed Legislation

BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) -- Some pet breeders in Iowa say proposed legislation placing new restrictions on their work would put them out of business in the state.

The bill, which was recently approved by a Senate commerce committee, would include requirements like increased licensing fees, more outdoor access and larger kennel sizes. There would also be stricter penalties for violations.

The Burlington Hawk Eye reports the legislation would affect commercial breeders with more than four animals.

Daniel Reece, president of the Iowa Pet Breeders Association, says the proposed rules would essentially get rid of pet breeding in the state. Margie Davis, a member of Iowa Voters for Companion Animals, says the bill is intended to shut down puppy mills.

The bill has now been referred to the Senate Ways and Means subcommittee.

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