An amended version of Arkansas House Bill 1717 is again on the agenda of the House Agriculture, Forestry and Economic Development Committee for tomorrow, March 29. Among other provisions, this bill would require breeders who offer for sale one dog or cat through public media to register with, pay fees, and submit information to the Arkansas Agriculture Department.
The names and registration numbers of “registered sellers” would be posted on the Agriculture Department website. Failure to register would be a Class C misdemeanor subject to a fine of up to $500 and imprisonment for up to 30 days.
Dog owners and breeders in Arkansas are encouraged to contact the House Agriculture, Forestry and Economic Development Committee to express concerns with House Bill 1717. Please scroll down for contact information.
HB 1717 would define a “commercial breeder” as a person who owns more than three female dogs OR cats “for the purpose of breeding.” The registration fee for a “commercial breeder” would be $100 per year for registration as a seller. The AKC believes that dog breeders should not be regulated based on the number of dogs owned, as this does not necessarily indicate commercial activity. Also, many dog owners who were designated as “commercial breeders” based on their ownership of four female dogs would be out of compliance with their local zoning codes.
HB 1717 would also define a “casual breeder” as a person who owns up to three female dogs OR cats “for the purpose of breeding” and who allows only one breeding per dog or cat per calendar year. This would include any person who breeds and sells a single pet. The registration fee for a “casual breeder” would be $25 per year for registration as a seller.
Only “casual breeders” and “commercial breeders” would be considered “sellers” under HB 1717. Dog and cat sellers who are not breeders, animal shelters, humane associations, and those involved in greyhound racing would receive exemptions.
Please immediately contact the members of the House Agriculture, Forestry and Economic Development Committee to express your concerns. See contact information below.
House Agriculture, Forestry and Economic Development Committee
March 29, 2017, 10:00 AM
Room 138, State Capitol
Little Rock, Arkansas
Committee Member Contact Information:
Rep. Dan M. Douglas (Chair)
Rep. David Hillman (Vice-Chair)
Rep. Fred Allen
Rep. Scott Baltz
Rep. Rick Beck
Rep. Mary Bentley
Rep. Ken Bragg
Rep. David L. Branscum
Rep. Karilyn Brown
Rep. Bruce Cozart
Rep. Jack Fortner
Rep. Lane Jean
Rep. Stephen Magie
Rep. Mark D. McElroy
Rep. Ron McNair
Rep. Stephen Meeks
Rep. Mathew W. Pitsch
Rep. Matthew J. Shepherd
Rep. Dan Sullivan
Rep. David Whitaker
For more information, please contact AKC Government Relations at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 919-816-3645.