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Continued: New Minnesota law tightens collar on dog and cat breeders

  • Article by: EMMA NELSON , Star Tribune
  • Last update: July 2, 2014 - 6:01 AM

“Truly, I think it’s a waste of time and money,” he said.

There are already laws on the books that weed out problem breeders, Bannie said. He’s concerned that the breeders who will be affected by this law are the ones who are already following the rules.

“It’s kind of like a lot of other laws,” he said. “The criminals don’t care, and the good people are the only ones affected.”

‘Goal is not to punish people’

Now that the law has taken effect, it’s time to figure out how to implement it.

For Streff, who responds to complaints about everything from animal hoarding and neglect to dog fighting and cult rituals using animals, more regulation could mean reallocating his time to meet other needs.

“It’s not like there’s a lack of work in this industry,” he said.

Streff also will be working with the Board of Animal Health to regulate commercial breeders under the new law, he said.

Paul Anderson, a veterinarian who’s heading up the board’s inspection program, said board staff members will spend this year seeking out commercial breeders around the state and providing education about what the law requires.

To implement the license and inspection program, the board will get $310,000 in fiscal year 2015 from the state’s general fund, as well as $426,000 added to its base budget.

“We just want to make sure that people know that we want to help them meet these requirements,” Anderson said.

Breeders who don’t obey the law will have an opportunity to come into compliance. If they don’t, they could face fines or lose their license.

“The goal is not to punish people,” Marty said. “It’s to make sure animals are treated humanely.”


Emma Nelson • 612-673-4509


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