URGENT - Action Needed on Hawaii Breeder Bill

URGENT - Action Needed on Hawaii Breeder Bill

Hawaii Senate Bill 1522 SD2 HD1, a bill that would extensively regulate dog breeding and limit ownership to 50 intact dogs of any age, has passed the House of Representatives and has been returned to the Senate to be voted into law. 

It is imperative that responsible dog owners and breeders immediately contact their Senators to advise them that this bill creates regulations that are potentially dangerous to dogs and ask them to vote “no” to SB1522.  Click here to read AKC’s most recent letter of concern.

The American Kennel Club (AKC) has strong concerns about the impact this bill could have on responsible hobby breeders.  SB 1522 requires licensing as a “large-scale dog breeder” and adherence to strict dog enclosure and care regulations of any person who:

  • Offers for sale, exchange or lease 25 or more puppies in any one-year period, or
  • Owns or harbors 20 or more intact female dogs over 6 months of age that are “intended for breeding,” or
  • Owns or harbors 30 intact dogs over 6 months of age that are intended for breeding.

Because the bill does not indicate how “intended for breeding” is defined, it could require licensing as a “large-scale dog breeder” by dog owners who never or rarely produce a litter. The bill also establishes undetermined annual licensing fees and strict requirements for dog enclosures. Applications for licensing would require the prior approval of the appropriate county department of planning and permitting.

Additional concerns about this bill include, but are not limited to:

  • Potentially harmful enclosure and care requirements – This bill would establish numerous requirements for dog care and enclosures that do not take into account a dog’s breed, age or health status.  Strict requirements such as “constant and unfettered access to an outdoor exercise area” could prove lethal to an aged or ill dog and would prevent a responsible owner from confining dogs indoors in the evenings so that barking and other noises do not create a nuisance.
  • Limits to 50 the number of intact dogs a person may have on his premises – There is no age indicated, therefore, this 50-dog limit would include newborn puppies. The AKC believes that responsible dog ownership is determined by the care and conditions under which dogs are kept, not by the number of dogs a person owns.
  • Requires unannounced inspections – This bill would allow inspections at any time “during business hours” of those portions of all buildings, yards, pens and other areas in which dogs are kept, handled or transported. Inspections would be carried out to ensure compliance with provisions of this bill and with any future rules adopted pursuant to this measure. There is no exemption for personal residences.
  • Excessive civil penalties – This bill would subject violators to civil penalties of $1,000 per day for licensing violations and $1,000 per citation for violations of current and future. Fines of $2000 per dog would be imposed for violations of prohibited acts.
  • Oversight and rulemaking by the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs – In most jurisdictions, oversight and rulemaking for animal care and breeding fall under a department with expertise in animal husbandry such as the Department of Agriculture. 

For additional information:

Read AKC’s Letter of Concern for additional talking points about SB1522
Read AKC’s Issue Analysis "The Value of Responsible Dog Breeders"
Read AKC’s Issue Brief on Responsible Breeding Practices

How You Can Help:

Immediately contact Senators to politely express your concerns and ask them to vote “no” on SB1522.  

Shan Tsutsui, President of the Senate    
Phone (808) 586-7344
Fax (808) 586-7348    

Rosalyn Baker              
Phone (808) 586-6070
Fax (808) 586-6071    

Suzanne Chun-Oakland
Phone (808) 586-6130
Fax (808) 586-6131    

Donovan Dela Cruz
Phone (808) 586-6090
Fax (808) 586-6091

Jaime English
Phone (808) 587-7225
Fax (808) 587-7230

Willie Espero
Phone (808) 586-6360
Fax (808) 586-6361

Carol Fukunaga
Phone (808) 586-6890
Fax (808) 586-6899    

Mike Gabbard
Phone (808) 586-6830
Fax (808) 586-6679    

Brickwood Galuteria    
Phone (808) 586-6740
Fax (808) 586-6829    

Josh Green                   
Phone (808) 586-9385
Fax (808) 586-9391    

Colleen Hanabusa        
Phone (808) 586-7793
Fax (808) 586-7797    

Clayton Hee                 
Phone (808) 586-7330
Fax (808) 586-7334    

David Ige                     
Phone (808) 586-6230
Fax (808) 586-6231    

Les Ihara                      
Phone (808) 586-6250
Fax (808) 586-6251    

Michelle Kidani            
Phone (808) 586-7100
Fax (808) 586-7109    

Donna Kim                  
Phone (808) 587-7200
Fax (808) 587-7205    

Russell Kokubun          
Phone (808) 586-6760
Fax (808) 586-6689    

Ronald Kouchi             
Phone (808) 586-6030
Fax (808) 586-6031    

Clarence Nishihara       
Phone (808) 586-6970
Fax (808) 586-6879    

Pohai Ryan                   
Phone (808) 587-8388
Fax (808) 587-7240    

Samuel Slom                
Phone (808) 586-8420
Fax (808) 586-8426    

Malama Solomon         
Phone (808) 586-7335
Fax (808) 586-7339    

Brian Taniguchi             
Phone (808) 586-6460
Fax (808) 586-6461    

Jill Tokuda                   
Phone (808) 587-7215
Fax (808) 587-7220    

Glenn Wakai                
Phone (808) 586-8585
Fax (808) 586-8588    

Contact the AKC Government Relations Department at (919) 816-3720 or doglaw@akc.org for more information.