AKC News

Press Center
More Headlines

Featured Items

MN UPDATE: House Committee to Consider Commercial Breeder Bill on Tuesday, March 18

(Friday, March 14, 2014)

The Minnesota House Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture Finance Committee will consider House File 84 at its meeting on Tuesday, March 18, 2014. The bill seeks to provide for licensing and regulation of commercial breeders of dogs and cats, defined 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.”
As currently worded, HF 84:

  • 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, 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 required 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.
  • Classifies all information about commercial breeder licensees, except name and license number, as private or nonpublic.
  • Mandates the development of a program to recognize those who demonstrate commercial breeder excellence and exceed the standards and practices required under the bill.

AKC’s previous post about HF 84 may be viewed by clicking here.
Information on HF 84’s companion bill, SF 36, may be viewed by clicking here.

The Minnesota House Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture Finance Committee will consider the bill on Thursday, March 18, at 815AM, in Room 5 of the State Office Building, 100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Saint Paul, MN 55155. The Committee has also noted that it may reconvene at 6 PM in Room 500S. Please note that the committee is limiting public testimony to the financial aspects of HF 84. Residents are encouraged to contact the members of the committee, listed below, and express their thoughts on the financial aspects of the legislation. Residents wishing to testify should contact Committee Administrator Mike Molzahn at mike.holzahn@house.mn for scheduling.

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.