WV House Bill Would Set Regulations For Commercial Breeding Operations

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In light of the recent seizure of animals in Belleville, Humane Society of Parkersburg officials said a bill introduced in the West Virginia House of Delegates is even more relevant.

Executive Director Maryann Hollis said House Bill 2883 came about because of the more than 970 dogs surrendered to the Humane Society from Whispering Oaks Kennel off of U.S. Route 50 in Wood County in 2008.

Hollis said the bill would establish inspections and limits on the number of animals that can be housed by a commercial breeding operation.

"Not only are you talking about animals that could be in danger but you're also talking about spending taxpayer money on having to clean up these operations," said Hollis.

According to the West Virginia Legislature's Web site, the bill was read a second time Friday in the House and an amendment is pending. The proposal is scheduled for a third reading Monday.

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