(Oklahoma City)- A measure regulating so called “puppy mills” has been approved in the State House on a vote of 74-26. The bill is authored by State Representative Lee Denney (R)-Cushing. Denney introduced a similar measure last year that died in committee.

The legislation directs the state Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry to license and regulate operations that acquire or sell 35 or more dogs and cats a year.

“For too long, Oklahoma’s lax regulation had fostered an environment where unlicensed dog breeders know they won’t face serious penalties until they have completely crossed the line onto outright cruelty,” said Denney, a veterinarian.

The measure now goes to the State Senate for further consideration.