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News Summary: USDA cracks down on online pet sales

The Associated Press

TAKING ON PUPPY MILLS: The Agriculture Department is cracking down on dog breeders who sell puppies over the Internet, issuing new regulations that will force them to apply for federal licenses.

PROTECTING FLUFFY: The rules subject dog owners who breed more than four females and sell the puppies online, by mail or over the phone to the same oversight faced by wholesale animal breeders. Licenses will cost less than $750.

HOW MUCH IS THAT DOGGIE?: Commercial pet stores aren't required to have licenses because buyers can see the animals before they buy them and decide whether they appear healthy and cared for.