New York Assembly Bill 5507, sponsored by Assemblyman Greg Ball, seeks to classify more residents...
New York Assembly Bill 5507, sponsored by Assemblyman Greg Ball, seeks to classify more residents as "pet dealers"; seeks to impose ambiguous rules on all animal facilities, including homes of responsible breeders and shelters; and to define and regulate certain entities as commercial kennels. The American Kennel Club is urging all concerned responsible dog breeders and owners in New York to contact Assemblyman Ball and the members of the Assembly Agriculture Committee, which currently has cognizance of the bill, and urge them to address concerns with the bill.
The American Kennel Club strongly supports humane treatment of dogs, including an adequate and nutritious diet, clean water, clean living conditions, regular veterinary care, kind and responsive human companionship, and training in appropriate behavior. The AKC supports reasonable and enforceable laws that protect the welfare and health of purebred dogs and do not restrict the rights of breeders and owners who take their responsibilities seriously.
The American Kennel Club commends Assemblyman Ball on his publicly-stated dedication to addressing issues regarding substandard breeding facilities. However, AB 5507, as currently worded, unreasonably attempts to regulate more responsible dog breeders in New York with ambiguous requirements, including:
- Redefining "pet dealer" in New York to mean any person who, in the ordinary course of business, engages in the sale or offering for sale of more than five animals per year for profit to the public at wholesale or resale. Since the current pet dealer threshold is nine animals per year, this change would increase the number of people being classified as pet dealers in New York, which will impose numerous costly requirements on many dog breeders currently not classified as a pet dealer.
- Changing law that currently exempts breeders who sell fewer than 25 animals per year from their residential premises directly to consumers from being classified as pet dealers. AB 5507 will lower that exemption threshold to breeders/fanciers who sell fewer than 10 animals per year.
- Defining "animal facility" to mean any area built, installed, or designed to serve as a breeding or maintaining area for animals. "Such facility shall provide an area where a person may engage in the sale or offering for sale, giving away, or transfer of any number of animals". This expansive definition applies to virtually any location, including private residences and shelters; and would impose excessive costs and requirements on dog owners.
- Providing, under a new section entitled "Prohibited Sale of Animals", that "it shall be prohibited to purchase or accept an animal from any animal facility by a consumer, co-breeder, retail pet store, research operation or broker accepting dogs or cats for use by themselves or for transfer to a third party" if the "animal facility" did not meet these undefined requirements.
- Empowering the Department of Agriculture to seize animals from any animal facility maintained by a pet dealer for civil violations, not criminal charges. The bill does not provide for security or redemption of such animals.
- Implementing new law regarding the classification and regulation of "commercial kennels", and provides for inspections in violations.
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
All concerned New Yorkers are encouraged to contact the bill's sponsor, Assemblyman Ball, and the members of the Assembly Agriculture Committee. Respectfully urge them to oppose AB 5507 as currently written, and ask them to make changes that would be fair to all responsible purebred dog breeders and rescue and shelter facilities.
Assemblyman Greg Ball
Albany, NY 12248