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Licensing Requirements for Dogs and Cats : 9 CFR Parts 1 and 2


Author:
United States Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
Source:
Federal Register 1998 v. 63 no. 121
Year:
1998
Abstract:
We are considering several changes to the Animal Welfare regulations to ensure the humane handling, care, and treatment of dogs and cats, while concentrating our regulatory efforts on those facilities that present the greatest risk of noncompliance with the regulations. Specifically, we are considering revising the definition of ‘‘retail pet store’’ so that it includes only nonresidential, commercial retail stores, rather than any pet retailer. Retail pet stores are not required to be licensed and inspected under the Animal Welfare Act (AWA). If the definition were revised, many pet retailers now exempt from licensing and inspection requirements would have to be licensed and inspected. We are also considering regulating dealers of hunting, breeding, and security dogs in the same manner as other dealers of dogs. Because these changes could severely strain available Federal resources for carrying out inspections and other enforcement activities under the AWA, we are considering increasing the total number of breeding female dogs and/or cats that a person may maintain on his or her premises and be exempt from licensing and inspection requirements. If this number were increased, some dealers who would no longer qualify as retail pet stores under the revised definition of ‘‘retail pet store’’ would continue to be exempt from licensing and inspection requirements, and some pet wholesalers who are currently required to be licensed would no longer have to be licensed. This advance notice solicits public comment on the maximum number of breeding female dogs and/or cats that a person should be able to maintain on his or her premises and be exempt from licensing and inspection requirements under the AWA. We are also interested in obtaining information that would help us determine the impact of the regulatory changes that we are considering. Specifically, if we amend the definition of ‘‘retail pet store’’ as described earlier, how many dealers of dogs and cats would be covered by our regulations under different scenarios for increasing the number of breeding females that a person may maintain on his or her premises and be exempt from licensing. In addition, if we begin regulating dealers of hunting, breeding, and security dogs, how many dealers of hunting, breeding, and security dogs would be covered by our regulations under different scenarios for increasing the number of breeding females that a person may maintain on his or her premises and be exempt from licensing
Publisher:
Office of the Federal Register, National Archives and Records Administration
Collection:
Animal Welfare Act History Digital Collection