Pet Connection: Are you into pet trivia? Here are some tidbits to share

“Did you know?” That’s always a great conversation starter, especially when it’s about our pet pals.

Here’s our contribution to your next water-cooler gathering, barbecue or cocktail party:

The buzz

A new law in Minnesota requires commercial dog and cat breeders to register with the state Board of Animal Health. Starting next year, they must also obtain a license. It is the first time that the state has had specific regulations regarding commercial breeding.

According to a report by The Associated Press, the new law establishes specific standards, including clean water and good ventilation, collars that fit comfortably, and a requirement that sick animals be separated from healthy ones. “The goal is not to punish people,” says state Sen. John Marty. “It’s to make sure animals are treated humanely.”