Pet Breeder Law Questioned

A measure that would exempt almost one-third of Oklahoma's pet breeders from a new puppy-mill law will be detrimental to the law, opening a loophole for breeders to offer substandard care to animals, an official said.

On Wednesday, a House committee approved an amendment to rules governing dog and cat breeders under the new Commercial Pet Breeders Act.

Set to take effect in July, the act brings a minimum standard of care to breeder animals while also requiring breeders with 11 or more unaltered females to register with the state.

The measure would modify licensing and enforcement rules submitted by the Oklahoma State Board of Commercial Pet Breeders, a new board established to enforce the first licensing of breeders by the state.

The measure and amendment passed by a vote of 10-0 and now heads to the full House. The amendment was offered by Rep. David Brumbaugh, R-Broken Arrow.

Brumbaugh said Oklahoma cannot put reputable breeders out of business.

"We don't feel like we need another board using taxpayer money to enforce laws that are already on the books and should simply be enforced by existing USDA practices."