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After years of pressure from the public and animal-welfare groups, the USDA's inspector general looked into the laws regulating commercial dog breeding and agreed there was a gap between breeders who sell online and those who do not.
Exhausted and flea-infested from a puppy mill, 23 dogs arrived in D.C. on Saturday night, hoping for a new life.
The problem is breeders who sell puppies online fall in a loophole in the federal law leaving them unregulated.
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