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Minnesota Commercial Breeder Bill Advances in House

(Monday, March 10, 2014)

Last week, Minnesota House File 84, which seeks to provide regulation of “commercial breeders” of dogs and cats, was amended with some positive changes by the House Agriculture Policy Committee and has been referred to the House Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture Finance Committee for further consideration. Changes include:

  • Classifying all information about commercial breeder licensees, except name and license number, as private or nonpublic;
  • Deleting a definition of “hobby breeder” that appeared in the previous version of the bill; and
  • Mandating the development of a program to recognize those who demonstrate commercial breeder excellence and exceed the standards and practice required under the bill.

In addition to the above, HF 84:

  • Defines “Commercial breeder” as a person who possesses or has an ownership interest in animals and is engaged in the business of breeding animals for sale or for exchange in return for consideration, and who possesses ten or more adult intact animals and whose animals produce more than five total litters of puppies or kittens per year.
  • Requires those who meet the definition of commercial breeder to be licensed by July 1, 2015, and to pay an annual license fee based on the number of adult intact animals maintained but not to exceed $250.
  • Calls for inspections of commercial breeder facilities, including a prelicense inspection to occur within 60 days from the date the initial license application is received, and at least annually thereafter. The frequency of inspections of commercial breeders’ facilities that have demonstrated two consecutive years of inspections with no violations will be reduced to at least once every two years.
  • Requires commercial breeders to submit an annual report to the Minnesota Board of Animal Health, to prominently display their license at each of their facilities, and to include their license number or symbol in advertising or promotions that pertain to animal sales.
  • Mandates that commercial breeders keep records on each animal at their facility.
  • Requires commercial breeders to establish and maintain a written protocol for disease control and prevention, euthanasia, and veterinary care of animals at each facility.
  • In addition to standards of care required for all dogs in Minnesota, imposes additional requirements for commercial breeders, including group exercise restrictions, daily enrichment and positive physical contact with people, barring transfer of an animal before it reaches eight weeks of age, and facility staffing requirements.
  • Provides for investigations of commercial breeders upon the receipt of a formal complaint by the MN Board of Animal Health; and for civil enforcement to address violations, including correction orders that allow corrections to be made within a specified time period prior to an assessment of monetary penalties.

While the bill has been assigned to the House Environment, Natural Resources, and Agriculture Finance Committee, it has not yet been scheduled for a hearing. However, Minnesota residents are strongly encouraged to contact the committee members, listed below, and express their thoughts on the legislation.

Representative Jean Wagenius, Chair
449 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St Paul, MN 55155
651-296-4200
E-mail: rep.jean.wagenius@house.mn

Representative Andrew Falk, Vice Chair
439 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St Paul, MN 55155
651-296-4228
E-mail: rep.andrew.falk@house.mn

Representative Denny McNamara, Minority lead
359 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St Paul, MN 55155
651-296-3135
E-mail: rep.denny.mcnamara@house.mn

Representative Paul Anderson
255 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St Paul, MN 55155
651-296-4317
E-mail: rep.paul.anderson@house.mn

Representative John Benson
417 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St Paul, MN 55155
651-296-9934
E-mail: rep.john.benson@house.mn

Representative David Bly
559 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St Paul, MN 55155
651-296-0171
E-mail: rep.david.bly@house.mn

Representative Karen Clark
477 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St Paul, MN 55155
651-296-0294
E-mail: rep.karen.clark@house.mn

Representative David Dill
571 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St Paul, MN 55155
651-296-2190
E-mail: rep.david.dill@house.mn

Representative Roger Erickson
527 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St Paul, MN 55155
651-296-4265
E-mail: rep.roger.erickson@house.mn

Representative Dan Fabian
307 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St Paul, MN 55155
651-296-9635
E-mail: rep.dan.fabian@house.mn

Representative Mike Freiberg
551 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St Paul, MN 55155
651-296-4176
E-mail: rep.mike.freiberg@house.mn

Representative Tom Hackbarth
309 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St Paul, MN 55155
651-296-2439
E-mail: rep.tom.hackbarth@house.mn

Representative Rod Hamilton
245 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St Paul, MN 55155
651-296-5373
E-mail: rep.rod.hamilton@house.mn

Representative Rick Hansen
451 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St Paul, MN 55155
651-296-6828
E-mail: rep.rick.hansen@house.mn

Representative Phyllis Kahn
365 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St Paul, MN 55155
651-296-4257
E-mail: rep.phyllis.kahn@house.mn

Representative Debra Kiel
337 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St Paul, MN 55155
651-296-5091
E-mail: rep.deb.kiel@house.mn

Representative Jeanne Poppe
487 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St Paul, MN 55155
651-296-4193
E-mail: rep.jeanne.poppe@house.mn

Representative Paul Torkelson
353 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St Paul, MN 55155
651-296-9303
E-mail: rep.paul.torkelson@house.mn

Representative JoAnn Ward
531 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St Paul, MN 55155
651-296-7807
E-mail: rep.joann.ward@house.mn

Representative Lyndon Carlson Sr., ex-officio
479 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St Paul, MN 55155
651-296-4255
E-mail: rep.lyndon.carlson@house.mn

For more information, contact AKC’s Government Relations Department at (919) 816-3720, or email doglaw@akc.org.

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