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Kansas lawmakers at odds over dog breeder inspections


TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Some Kansas lawmakers and animal welfare advocates are holding up a bill to increase fees on pet stores, breeders and kennels in hopes that they can also pass more stringent oversight of animal breeders.

At issue is a measure to require surprise inspections of breeders, a move supporters say would help address problem breeders, or "puppy mills" that mistreat animals. An annual report produced by the Humane Society of the United States says Kansas had the third-most problem dealers in 2016. The report lists 15 breeders in the state that were cited last year for unsanita...

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