Animal groups announce deal on Missouri dog law -

Animal groups announce deal on Missouri dog law

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The effort to repeal a voter-approved Missouri law clamping down on dog breeders has taken a new twist.

Several agricultural and animal advocacy groups agreed Monday to support a fresh plan that would repeal some of the law's restrictions and give breeders extra time to comply with its mandates.

The agreement comes days after state lawmakers approved bill to repeal and replace key parts of "Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act" passed in November.

The agreement was brokered by Department of Agriculture and was signed by several state-based advocacy groups who had been on opposite sides of the debate over whether to repeal the ballot initiative. It also must be approved by lawmakers.

Lawmakers will have to act relatively quickly because their annual session ends May 13.

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