Sante Fe, NM Considers Breeding Restrictions

Santa Fe Dog Owners Face Stringent Breeding Restrictions Attention Santa Fe fanciers! The city...

Santa Fe Dog Owners Face Stringent Breeding Restrictions

Attention Santa Fe fanciers! The city council is considering a strict breeding ordinance that could severely impact your ability to breed and show dogs.

Key Points of the Proposed Law:

  • Professional animal care permits and annual inspections for anyone involved in breeding animals. A city business license would be required in order to apply for the permit.
     
  • Those who breed without first obtaining a permit will be required to pay a litter fee and furnish the receipt number to pet purchasers who request it.
     
  • Mandatory spay/neuter for all dogs and cats unless owners obtain an annual unaltered animal permit.
     
  • Prohibits owning more than any combination of four dogs and cats unless residents purchase a multiple animal site or kennel permit. Fee schedules and penalties will be established by the city at a later date.


The American Kennel Club opposes the concept of breeding permits, breeding bans and mandatory spay/neuter of purebred dogs. Instead, we support reasonable and enforceable laws that protect the welfare and health of purebred dogs and do not restrict the rights of responsible breeders and owners. Exorbitant fees place undue burden on responsible breeders and fail to address the irresponsible individuals who do not comply with existing law and will not comply with new regulations. Such fees therefore punish responsible breeders who give the care and attention that puppies need in order to grow into healthy, well-adjusted companions and neighbors.

The proposed measure is currently with the Finance Committee and will likely be presented to the full city council in August. Santa Fe fanciers are organizing a grassroots campaign to oppose this restrictive ordinance, but more help is needed! Dog owners must get involved now if we are to stop these new fees and requirements.


For more information on how you can help, contact:

Mary Tidwell
Sangre de Cristo Kennel Club
505-982-2961

AKC's Canine Legislation department
919-816-3720
doglaw@akc.org