Puppy mill proposal stalled by Oklahoma Senate committee

BY JULIE BISBEE Modified: May 20, 2009 at 4:22 am •  Published: May 20, 2009
A bill to regulate animal breeding in Oklahoma failed to make it out of a Senate committee on Tuesday.

House Bill 1332 didn’t get enough signatures to be approved out of the Senate General Conference Committee on Appropriations.

The bill, written by veterinarian Rep. Lee Denney, R-Cushing, would have required dog and cat breeders to become licensed by the state Department of Agriculture if they sell more than 35 animals in a year. The bill also sought to establish minimum standards for housing and breeding animals.

The bill has been widely opposed by breeders who say it would unfairly target breeders who already follow federal regulations and are licensed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Denney has said Oklahoma is the country’s second-largest exporter of puppies and kittens. Officials estimate the pet breeding business is a $30 million industry in Oklahoma.

The Senate sponsor of the bill, Sen. Cliff Branan, R-Oklahoma City, said the bill lacked enough signatures to get it passed out of committee so it could be heard on the Senate floor.

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