Number of Mo. dog breeders dwindling

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The number of dog breeders in Missouri is on the decline since the state has begun enforcing tougher standards and regulations.

The Missouri Alliance for Animal Legislation tells KMOX Radio ( ) that more than 500 commercial kennels have closed in Missouri since January 2009. That is when animal welfare groups launched a statewide ballot campaign aimed at cleaning up the state’s dog breeding industry and ridding Missouri of so-called “puppy mills.”

The initiative ultimately led to a compromise on new standards enacted earlier this year.

Alliance director Bob Baker says the reduction in kennels is evidence that many were simply out for a quick buck.


Information from: KMOX-AM,


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