JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has signed into law new legislation rewriting a voter-approved law on dog-breeding operations.
Nixon signed the measure Wednesday evening. It capped a flurry of activity that started earlier Wednesday when Nixon signed a previously passed bill repealing key sections of the "Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act" approved by voters last November.
As part of a compromise among state-based agriculture and animal welfare groups, lawmakers quickly agreed to supersede their original bill with additional changes to the dog-breeding law.
Ultimately, it means a voter-approved limit of 50 breeding dogs per business will be repealed, and many of the original dog-care provisions will be replaced. The latest version of the bill also gives existing dog breeders more time to comply with expanded housing requirements.
(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)