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Dog Torture Gets Second Chance as Missouri Mulls Puppy-Mill Law

A bug-eyed, tan-and-white Chihuahua named Axel Rose was rescued from a Missouri puppy mill recently thanks to a law passed last November.

Yet the measure, aimed at improving conditions at these notorious commercial breeders, has stirred up opponents with enough clout to stymie it. They’ve accomplished the strange trick of turning cruelty to puppies into a political issue.