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Oversight sought on puppy mills

March 04, 2009|Molly Hennessy-Fiske

County supervisors are seeking broader oversight of the high-volume dog kennels and breeding facilities known as "puppy mills."

In a motion approved unanimously Tuesday, supervisors called on the county's chief executive, county counsel and various county departments to report back in 45 days with proposals for legal changes that would improve the quality of care and ensure safe and responsible breeding. The board also sought the advice of the district attorney's office.

Supervisor Mike Antonovich, who introduced the motion, said that during the last six months the county has had to seize or relocate hundreds of puppies and dogs from puppy mills, increasing the burden on county animal shelters.

-- Molly Hennessy-Fiske

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