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Texas Update: Licensed Breeder Regulations Cause Concern; Comment Now through Feb. 20

(Thursday, February 02, 2012)

In January, the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) published a draft of the proposed regulations for licensed dog breeders. (Click here to view the proposed rules.) The American Kennel Club appreciates the work of the Licensed Breeder Advisory Committee and the TDLR staff that worked together in drafting the proposed rules.

AKC Government Relations Department has reviewed the proposal, and has concerns with many aspects of the proposal. Click here to view AKC comments.

WHAT YOU CAN DO:
It remains vitally important that all responsible breeders and owners in Texas, including those who will not be subject to the regulations, submit specific comments on this proposal. Comments regarding this proposal will be accepted until February 20, 2012. Please 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
E-mail: 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. Click here for a sample letter for you to customize and submit.

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.