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Monday, September 29th, 2008 -- 12:22 pm
Posted by Riley Hebert-News Director

A lawmaker who attended a dog auction at Thorp says he'll push for a law to govern "puppy mills".

Representative Jeff Smith says he's had enough complaints from constituents and seen enough to know the state needs a law to make sure dogs are treated humanely.

The Eau Claire Democrat was at the sale where about 150 dogs were auctioned off Wednesday. Many went to rescue groups that oppose the sales but buy the dogs so they can be treated for health problems and placed in good homes.

Smith says he wants the law to protect legitimate breeders and set regulations for those who sell more than 50 dogs a year.

He's hoping it can be passed in the next legislative session.

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