New state law draws praise from animal welfare advocates but ire from breeders

Tuesday, December 6, 2011 - 2:41pm

In an effort to protect the health and welfare of dogs and cats in large-scale commercial breeding facilities, a bill passed by the Texas Legislature and signed into law last summer now requires dog and cat breeders to be licensed by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation.

HB 1451 establishes licensing and inspection of dog and cat breeders who maintain 11 or more female breeding animals and sell 20 or more animals per year. The law also establishes minimum standards for the handling, care, housing and transportation of dogs and cats by the breeder.

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