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New dog sellers law takes effect Wednesday

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A new law for dog sellers, rescuers and shelters takes effect Wednesday.

The law will require breeders who sell 25 or more dogs a year from more than three litters to apply for a license.

It also requires licenses for animal-control facilities that contract with municipalities or counties, and for non-profit groups that shelter at least 25 dogs a year. Those include humane societies, rescue groups and other animal shelter and welfare groups.

Legislators who supported the law say it was important because hundreds of responsible breeders in Wisconsin were losing business to breeders who didn’t care for their animals and just wanted to turn a quick profit.

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