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Vermont Committee to Consider Licensing & Inspections for Dog Owners

(Thursday, March 03, 2011)

The Vermont House Agriculture Committee will consider House Bill 303 on Tuesday, March 8, a bill that will change numerous licensing and tax requirements for those who sell dogs, including:

1) Requiring inspections prior to granting a “pet merchant” license. A “pet merchant” is someone who meets any of the following criteria:

  • Acts as a “dealer” – defined as anyone who sells, exchanges, donates, or offers to sell more than one litter, or two animals over six months of age in a year (NOTE: Current law exempts those who only sell, donate, etc. offspring of pets owned by the person. The exemption is removed in this bill),
  • Engages in the sale of more than one litter per year, or
  • Engages in the sale of two or more animals over six months of age

2) Including “pet merchants” in the definition of “vendor” for the purpose of collecting sales and use taxes. This would require an additional registration, and require all who meet the definition of “pet merchant” to begin collecting and reporting sales tax.

3) Requiring anyone who owns two or more intact “domestic pets” to obtain a $25 annual license, which must be prominently displayed on the owner’s premises.

What You Can Do:

  • Attend the House Agriculture Committee meeting and express any comments or concerns you have with House Bill 303. The meeting information is as follows:

    Vermont House Agriculture Committee Hearing

    Date: March 8, 2011
    Time: 15 minutes after the adjournment of floor proceedings, which begin at 10:00 a.m. (it is recommended that you arrive at 10:00)
    Location: Vermont House of Representatives
    115 State Street, Room 31
    Montpelier, Vermont 05633

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