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Mon., Feb. 9, 2009, 4:04 p.m.

“I was appalled at what I saw. It was the most unsanitary, disease-ridden, disgusting thing…”

Kettle Falls' Brandon Hatch silenced the room this morning, telling what he saw recently when he visited a lifelong friend who happened to be running a puppy mill breeding operation in Gold Bar.

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Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles' SB 5651 is aimed at these sorts of operations. It would limit the number of breed-able dogs that people could own, require regular veterinary visits, and set standards for how the dogs are housed.

Also testifying Monday were other dog breeders, who suggested that the bill is too strict and will wrongly criminalize legitimate, sensible dog-breeding practices.

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