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Nebraska Bill Creates New Breeder Enforcement Mandates

(Thursday, February 20, 2014)

The Nebraska Legislature’s Agriculture Committee is scheduled to consider a bill on February 25 that would make two significant changes to the state’s commercial breeder laws.
Under current law, a “commercial breeder” is defined in part as someone who owns or harbors four or more intact dogs or cats and is “engaged in the business of breeding.” This means if you have at least four intact dogs (males or females) and sell even one puppy, you may already be considered a commercial breeder in Nebraska.

Legislative Bill 1002 would make two changes to the current law:

  • Require the Department of Agriculture to apply for a restraining order or injunction against any person violating the law or threatening to violate the law.
  • Require a state inspector or law enforcement officer to impound dogs if there are alleged violations or if an inspector observes an act that poses a significant health or safety risk to the dogs.

Currently both of these items are optional, meaning it is up to the Department of Agriculture and state inspectors to assess the situation and determine if further action is necessary.

The AKC strongly believes that if an animal is being harmed or is in danger, immediate action should be taken. However, LB 1002 would now require authorities to take action if someone is alleged or threatens to violate the law. This means if someone meets this very broad definition of “commercial breeder”, they could have their dogs impounded for an accusation.

This bill could violate a breeder’s property rights and creates a burdensome unfunded mandate for local law enforcement and animal control.

Nebraska residents are encouraged to contact the committee prior to the committee hearing on February 25 and ask them to not support LB 1002, which would have a negative impact on responsible breeders and hobbyists, local communities, and dogs.

Senator Ken Schilz, Chairperson
Room #1022
P.O. Box 94604
Lincoln, NE 68509
Phone: (402) 471-2616
Email: kschilz@leg.ne.gov

Senator Dave Bloomfield
Room #1206
P.O. Box 94604
Lincoln, NE 68509
Phone: (402) 471-2716
Email: dbloomfield@leg.ne.gov

Senator Ernie Chambers
Room #1114
P.O. Box 94604
Lincoln, NE 68509

Phone: (402) 471-2612

Senator Thomas Hansen
Room #1012
P.O. Box 94604
Lincoln, NE 68509
Phone: (402) 471-2729
Email: thansen@leg.ne.gov

Senator Burke Harr
Room #1120
P.O. Box 94604
Lincoln, NE 68509
Phone: (402) 471-2722
Email: bharr@leg.ne.gov

Senator Jerry Johnson
Room #1529
P.O. Box 94604
Lincoln, NE 68509
Phone: (402) 471-2719
Email: jjohnson@leg.ne.gov

Senator Steve Lathrop
Room #2000
P.O. Box 94604
Lincoln, NE 68509
Phone: (402) 471-2623
Email: slathrop@leg.ne.gov

Senator Norman Wallman
Room #1406
P.O. Box 94604
Lincoln, NE 68509
Phone: (402) 471-2620
Email: nwallman@leg.ne.gov