The Legislature approved a measure Monday that cracks down on dog breeders who operate puppy mills, The Associated Press reported. Under terms of Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill 5651, dog breeders and owners would be barred from owning more than 50 dogs older than six months that are not neutered or spayed.
Anyone who has more than 10 unaltered dogs that spend most of their time in pens must house the dogs in clean and dry conditions. Dogs would have to be provided with food, water and exercise. Retail pet stores, veterinary facilities, boarding facilities and some others would be exempt.
The Senate, on a 43-4 vote, sent the measure to Gregoire for signing into law.
Compiled by Brad Shannon
The Associated Press contributed material to this report