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Last year, Texas Governor Abbott signed SB 1531 into law, which added pleas of “no contest” to animal cruelty charges as a ground for denying or refusing to renew a breeder license.

Today, the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) proposed amendments to the state’s Dog or Cat Breeders Act regulations to implement SB 1531.  The proposal also combines two rule subsections that are virtually identical, and makes technical changes.

Click here to read the proposal (beginning on Page 5 of the .pdf).

Comments on the proposed rules may be submitted to Monica Nuñez, Legal Assistant, Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, P.O. Box 12157, Austin, Texas 78711; by fax at (512) 475-3032; or by email at  Comments must be made within 30 days to be considered.

For more information, contact the American Kennel Club’s Government Relations Department at;