JEFFERSON CITY, Mo (KMOX)-Missouri Governor Jay Nixon is asking legislators to add $1.1 million to the state budget to help protect dogs.
The money comes from federal reimbursements for previous state expenditures, that were higher than anticipated. Nixon’s spokesman, Scott Holste, says that while the money could be used in a variety of ways, Nixon believes it should go to enforcing dog breeding regulations.
Holste says the $1.1 million would be used to hire three full-time veterinarians, three investigators and four inspectors, “It also would help in being able to provide funding for contracting with local veterinarians to be able to go out to a site on an emergency basis particularly when a particular bad situation has been discovered.”
Holste says whether Senate Bill 113 passes, or Prop B remains in full force, the state doesn’t currently have the money to adequately enforce its dog breeding laws, “We still gotta have the money to be able to go out and do those inspections because neither one of those measures currently provide those resources. A law isn’t much good unless you can have the resources to enforce it.”
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