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Quebec government to propose bill to raise fines, controls on animal cruelty

MONTREAL � The Quebec government will introduce proposed legislation Tuesday to significantly raise fines for animal cruelty with the aim of tightening the leash on Quebec's numerous puppy mills.

"There will be an obligation to maintain a log as soon as you are the owner or guardian of five dogs or five cats or more," Pierre Corbeil, Quebec's minister of agriculture, fisheries and food told TVA news Monday night.

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QUEBEC - The Quebec government is sharpening the teeth of its laws against animal cruelty.

Tougher fines that could go as high as $75,000 in serious cases are included in amendments to animal protection legislation tabled on Tuesday.

The bill aims to crack down on puppy mills, giving the government the power to close a kennel if it finds animals are being abused.

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