CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire state Senate has given preliminary approval to a bill aimed at preventing animal cruelty and sparing towns from spending huge amounts of money to care for seized animals.

Republican Sen. Jeb Bradley sponsored the bill after a breeder in Wolfeboro was accused of keeping dozens of Great Danes in filthy conditions. Among other things, it would allow seized animals to be adopted if a defendant in an animal cruelty case doesn't pay a reasonable amount toward their care.

Under current law, the state only licenses businesses that sell 10 or more litters of puppies or 50 puppies in one year. The bill sent to the Senate Finance Committee on Thursday would redefine commercial breeders as those with at least seven breeding females.