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Texas Update: Licensed Dog Breeders Regulations Near Completion

(Wednesday, March 07, 2012)

Last week, the Licensed Breeders Advisory Committee met for over 10-and-a-half hours to discuss and recommend rules to the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) that will apply to licensed dog and cat breeders. This is a result of legislation passed in 2011 that requires licensing and oversight of certain breeders in Texas. The American Kennel Club (AKC) appreciates the time, dedication, and professionalism offered by the committee while considering many different issues.

The recent Licensed Breeders Advisory Committee meeting featured several important developments. They include:

  • The elimination of the pre-license inspection fee.
  • The declaration that TDLR will exclusively provide for inspection of licensees—no third party inspectors will be used.
  • Clarification that individuals not subject to the regulations may still consider themselves as “breeders.”
  • Clarification that requirements for wire mesh not apply to walls or ceilings of primary enclosures.
  • Providing a three-year period for “grandfathered” licensees to come into compliance with new enclosure size requirements.

In preparation for TDLR’s March 27th meeting, a new draft of the rules that incorporate the most-recent recommended changes will soon be made available online. TDLR is expected to take action on the rules at that meeting.

Individuals with questions on how the proposed rules may affect them are encouraged to contact TDLR at (800) 803-9202 (toll free in Texas) or at (512) 463-9468.

NEXT STEPS

TDLR will consider the recommendations of the Licensed Breeders Advisory Committee at its next meeting on Tuesday, March 27th, 2012. Public comment will be taken at the meeting in an effort to revise (if necessary) and approve the rules to meet its March 31st deadline. Concerned Texas dog breeders and owners are strongly encouraged to plan to attend that meeting and express any concerns with the proposed rules.

The meeting will be held:
9:00AM
First Floor Meeting Room
Tuesday, March 27th, 2012
1106 Clayton Lane
Austin, TX 78723

The American Kennel Club will continue to monitor developments in Texas, and will provide further updates. For more information, contact AKC’s Government Relations Department at (919) 816-3720, or email doglaw@akc.org.