Missouri petition to restrict dog breeding is filed

JEFFERSON CITY | Missourians seeking new restrictions for dog breeders have submitted a proposed ballot measure.

It would bar people from having more than 50 breeding dogs, establish care requirements to care for the animals and make violations a misdemeanor. The ballot measure is called the "Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act."

Supporters estimate they delivered about 190,000 signatures in more than two dozen boxes. That would be enough to qualify for the ballot if the signatures are validated. The dog-breeding petition was submitted about six hours before today's deadline.

Another petition dealing with earnings taxes already has been filed. Several more ballot measure could be turned in Sunday. Election officials have until Aug. 3 to determine whether petitions qualify for the ballot.