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Oklahoma pet bill may face changes

BY JULIE BISBEE Modified: April 23, 2009 at 4:27 am •  Published: April 23, 2009
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ere are currently 11 investigators for the state.

Sen. Jay Paul Gumm, D-Durant, argued that without more investigators, the bill unfairly targets breeders already complying with federal standards.

"Everybody wants to get rid of puppy mills; this isn’t going to stop that,” Gumm said.

"This only regulates USDA breeders who are already doing the right things.”

The bill is now headed for a conference committee. Branan has made several suggestions for changes, including allowing breeders to forgo state inspections and licensing if they are already licensed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Changes also would allow the state to decide whether breeders should be punished for minor infractions.