Congress is considering a bill -- dubbed the Puppy Uniform Protection Statute or PUPS Act -- that would require federal licenses and annual inspections for breeders that sell more than 50 puppies per year. It would also mandate at least an hour of daily exercise time for the animals. Supporters say the proposed law would close a loophole that currently requires licensing of breeders that supply resellers such as pet shops, but not operations that sell directly to the public.

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