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New York Assembly Bill 5507, known as “Charlemagne’s Law”, will be considered by the New York Assembly Agriculture Committee tomorrow, Tuesday, May 18.  Among its many provisions, the bill seeks to amend the state’s existing definition of “pet dealer”, creates a new definition of “commercial kennels”, and seeks to impact those designated as such with extensive operational restrictions.  The American Kennel Club opposes a number of provisions in AB 5507. We urge all responsible dog owners and breeders in New York to contact the Assembly Agriculture Committee members listed below, and express their opposition. 

If enacted as introduced, AB 5507 will:

  • Amend the state’s existing definition of “pet dealer”, to include those who sell or offer to sell more than five (reduced from nine) animals per year at wholesale or retail.
  • Reduce the current threshold of the pet dealer definition exception, from anyone who sells or offers to sell directly to the consumer fewer than twenty-five animals per year born or raised on the breeder’s residential premises to 10 animals per year.
  • Allow the inspection of any animal facility, defined as “any area built, installed, or designed to serve as a breeding or maintaining area for animals”.
  • Impose a variety of onerous kennel engineering standards and other requirements on “commercial kennels”, defined as anyone who sells a dog to a pet dealer or sells or transfers more than 60 dogs per year.  These new provisions would like be extremely costly to responsible breeders while doing little to help protect the health and welfare of dogs. 

The American Kennel Club strongly supports humane treatment of dogs, including an adequate and nutritious diet, clean water, clean living conditions, regular veterinary care, kind and responsive human companionship, and training in appropriate behavior. The AKC also supports reasonable and enforceable laws that protect the welfare and health of purebred dogs and do not restrict the rights of breeders and owners who take their responsibilities seriously.

How You Can Help:

  • Attend the New York Assembly Agriculture Committee meeting and respectfully express any concerns you have with AB 5507.  The meeting details are as follows:

    Date: Tuesday, May 18, 2010
    Time: 1:00 p.m.
    Location: Legislative Office Building, Room 829
    Albany, NY

New York Assembly Bill 5507, known as "Charlemagne’s Law", will be considered by…