CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Nevada state lawmakers are shaping a puppy mill bill to require commercial dog and cat breeders to be licensed annually and to abide by animal care requirements.
The Assembly approved SB299 with a 31-11 vote Saturday. The bill calls for breeders to microchip animals and provide age-appropriate vaccinations.
It also would limit animals to one litter per year, and ban breeding a cat or dog until it is 18 months of age.
The measure doesn't apply to hobby breeders.
It now goes back to the state Senate.
Assemblyman Peter Livermore of Carson City told an Assembly committee earlier this month that he's received more emails about this bill than any issue - including the budget - during this legislative session.
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