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The Missouri Senate Debates massage treatment for Dogs and Cats

April 20, 2005
By: Dan Frumson
State Capital Bureau

It's illegal for licensed physical therapists to massage animals.

But the Senate is looking in to it.

Dan Frumson has more from the state Capitol.

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The Senate Agriculture Committee heard testimony for and against legislation that would allow massage therapy treatment for dogs and cats.

Senate Minority Leader Maida Coleman, who sits on the committee, says this is not a one-sided issue.

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"One side are the pet owners and lovers, and the physical therapists who believe that if there is a manner in which they can assist an animal in getting better, they want that oportunity to do through massage therapy, other forms of physical therapy. Then you have another side that believes that physical therapists should only provide those functions to humans."

Coleman says although she supports the bill, it is unlikely to pass due to the aggresive mass mailing and faxing on the part of lobbyists.

From the state Capitol, I'm Dan Frumson.