Legislation to protect animals from mistreatment and abuse has been filed for the 58th legislature. House Bill 1581, authored by Rep. Mickey Dollens, D-OKC, prohibits pet stores from selling commercially bred animals. The stores, however, can continue offering animals for adoption from in-state rescues and shelters. “Unfortunately, puppy mills do still exist,” Dollens said. “Commercial retailers purchasing these animals are what is keeping the industry alive.” “Additionally, our shelters are at times overrun with dogs without owners to claim them. This legislation protects animals and helps shelters find homes for the animals in their care.” House Bill 1580, also authorized…

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