OK Update: Senate Likely to Consider Breeder Law Changes on Monday (5/9)
The Oklahoma Senate is expected to give final approval to numerous positive changes to the Commercial Pet Breeders Act on Monday, May 9.
Senate Bill 637 makes the following changes to the Commercial Pet Breeders Act:
Establishing a toll-free hotline for reporting animal abuse – Callers will be required to include their name and phone number. Anonymous reports will not be accepted.
Prohibiting the Board from hiring “humane society groups” or members of humane society groups to perform inspections.
Adding further acts that would result in revocation of a license – Currently a license may be revoked for anyone who fails to meet the standards of care outlined in the regulations. SB 637 states that a license may also be revoked for anyone who fails to meet the application requirements or is convicted of a serious felony (such as murder, kidnapping, child abuse, etc.) or convicted under the Oklahoma Racketeer-Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act.
Clarifying that USDA licensees must comply with the Act. A House committee adopted an amendment that would have exempted USDA licensees; however, this amendment was removed on the House floor. USDA licensees are required to comply with the Commercial Pet Breeders Act, but it is being reported that they will be given a credit to apply towards inspection costs.
The Oklahoma Senate is also expected to consider House Joint Resolution 1045, which “disallows” the regulations approved by the Board of Commercial Pet Breeders in December 2010.
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For more information on SB 637 and the Oklahoma Commercial Pet Breeders Act, contact the Oklahoma Animal Interest Alliance at email@example.com or the AKC Government Relations Department at (919) 816-3720 or firstname.lastname@example.org.