Georgia Update: Proposed Rule Change Will Not Impact Fanciers

On May 13, the Georgia Department of Agriculture published a notice of intent to adopt amendments...

On May 13, the Georgia Department of Agriculture published a notice of intent to adopt amendments to rules that would increase fees for animal shelters, kennels, pet dealers and stables. These fees are a part of an across-the-board increase in state fees that are designed to help offset state budget cuts that have been made necessary by the difficult economic times.

Some concern has been expressed about a new section [O.C.G.A. § 4-11-14] that would require a $50 temporary permit fee for out of state pet dealers who wish to show, exhibit, sell, trade or conduct a similar activity in Georgia. This provision is designed to impact only dealers—those who sell or transfer large numbers of animals at a show or exhibition. This new fee does NOT apply to fanciers entering the state to exhibit their dogs at AKC dog shows.

AKC’s Georgia Federation, The Georgia Canine Coalition is working with the Department of Agriculture to help clarify this language and to ensure that there is no further confusion on this point.

View a copy of the proposed rule change.

View a copy of Agriculture Commissioner Irvin’s letter explaining the fee increases.

For more information, please view the attached documents, or contact the Georgia Canine Coalition or the AKC Government Relations Department.