AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The Texas House approved a bill Tuesday that would require commercial cat and dog breeders to register with the state and apply for a license.
The measure by state Rep. Senfronia Thompson, D-Houston, would require commercial breeders to register with the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation. The department would be responsible for licensing and inspecting commercial breeding facilities. Hobby breeders are excluded from regulation.
The proposed law is designed to crack down on so-called puppy mills that breed animals in poor or unsafe conditions. Texas currently does not regulate dog and cat breeders. The department of licensing would collect a fee to cover the costs of enforcing the new rules.
The bill faces a final procedural hurdle before it can move to the Senate.
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