JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – A panel of Missouri senators has given its approval to a bill changing the state law for dog breeders.

The Senate agriculture committee endorsed legislation Thursday that would modify a ballot measure approved by voters in November.

The bill would take away the limit of 50 dogs per breeder. It would also give licensed breeders up to 180 days to correct serious violations before they are charged with “puppy mill cruelty,” which is a misdemeanor.

The bill would still require veterinarians to do an onsite examination of the dogs at least once per year. Veterinarians would also be in charge of caring for seriously injured dogs and euthanizing them, if necessary.

The legislation next goes to the full Senate.

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