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Texas Draft Regulations Comment Period Now Open

(Monday, January 23, 2012)

The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) published a new draft of the proposed regulations for licensed dog breeders. Public comments on this proposal will be accepted until February 20, 2012. It is VITAL that responsible breeders and owners submit specific comments on this proposal.

Click here to view the proposed rules.

Submit Comments to:
Melissa Rinard, Legal Assistant
General Counsel’s Office, Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation
P.O. Box 12157
Austin, TX 78711
Fax: (512) 475-3032
Email: erule.comments@license.state.tx.us

When drafting comments, please include a reference for the section number you are commenting on. Detailed, specific comments are the most likely to be utilized by the staff and advisory board. As always, please communicate using polite and respectful language.

AKC Government Relations staff is reviewing these regulations and will provide specific comments to TDLR and to our constituents soon. AKC continues to have concerns about the vagueness of some sections and definitions, the high fees, and the costs to breeders to implement some of the rigid engineering standards required of the proposal.

For more information, please contact the AKC Government Relations Department at doglaw@akc.org or 919-816-3720. Our Texas Federation, the Responsible Pet Owners Alliance can be reached at rpoa@texas.net or 210-822-6763.