Bill would take power from Okla. pet breeders board

TULSA, OK.(AP) - The Oklahoma Senate has passed a measure that would allow the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture to regulate pet breeding.

Senate Bill 1919, which passed 33-9 Tuesday, would strip the power of the Commercial Pet Breeders Board and make its role advisory. The Commercial Pet Breeders Board was created to regulate and license certain dog and cat breeders.

Senator Eddie Fields is author of the bill. Fields told the Tulsa World the current board has been heavy handed in regulating pet breeders, and he expects the agriculture agency to be more lenient.

But Sen. Jim Wilson said the Department of Agriculture won't enforce the rules as well as the current board, and said the bill waters down legislation passed a few years ago to regulate puppy mills.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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