Colorado

Oct 21, 2009 8:41 AM by Associated Press

Colorado task force seeks regulations for puppy mills

A task force is meeting to go over rules for dog breeders after Colorado lawmakers rejected legislation that would regulate the industry.

Kate Anderson, administrator of the state's Pet Animal Care Facilities Program, says today's meeting will look at how to regulate issues like cage sizes without seeking new laws. She says the state can use its rule-making authority instead.

The House Agriculture Committee killed a bill last February that would have cracked down on puppy mills after opponents said the measure would have been tough to enforce and could hurt legitimate
breeding facilities.

House sponsor Beth McCann of Denver says she doesn't plan to try again next year because she doesn't believe a bill would pass.

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