New York Pet Dealer Bills Advancing

Bills are advancing the in the New York Assembly and Senate that may be of concern to those defined...

Bills are advancing the in the New York Assembly and Senate that may be of concern to those defined as “pet dealers” in the state.

Assembly Bill 740 and Senate Bill 3753 clarify that counties and municipalities may enact laws, rules, and regulations governing “pet dealers” (defined in current law as those who sell 9 or more dogs/year. (Breeders who raise fewer than 25 dogs/year on their residential premises are exempt.) Under this proposal, such regulations could not be less stringent than state law. If they are more stringent, it would be incumbent on the local government to enforce that law.

The bills would also allow municipalities to enact local laws and regulations governing pet dealers, including laws that address “the source of animals offered for sale by pet dealers”, whether spaying/neutering should be required prior to sales by pet dealers, and regulations concerning “the health and safety of animals maintained by pet dealers.”    

The AKC is concerned that this could allow for strict, burdensome, unnecessary new laws for those who meet the definition of “pet dealers”.  It would also create a problematic patchwork of varying local laws that will be difficult to enforce.

Senate Bill 3753 is on the third reading calendar and may be voted on any day.  Assembly Bill 740 is pending in the Rules Committee and could also be scheduled for a vote very soon. 
New York residents are encouraged to your State Assemblymember and State Senator to express your concerns with these bills.

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AKC Government Relations (AKC GR) will continue to closely monitor this legislation and provide updates as they become available. For questions or more information, contact AKC GR at (919) 816-3720 or