Puppy Love at the Lege

With Longview GOP Rep. David Simpson still intent on trying to defeat the measure, a bill to outlaw unregulated large-scale dog and cat breeding operations passed the Texas House on a vote of 95-44 on Wednesday. HB 1451, by Rep. Senfronia Thompson, D-Houston, seeks to end the cruel and inhumane practices of so-called "puppy mill" breeding operations. It requires regulation and inspection of large breeding operations and requires breeders to provide sufficient cage space, exercise, food, and water for the animals. Simpson tried to derail the bill – twice by having it pulled from the Local & Consent Calendar – which earned the ire of a number of lawmakers and prompted several to pull their co-sponsorhip from Simpson's bills.

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