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MAINE - Revision to Animal Welfare Laws
« on: February 09, 2008, 01:11:40 PM »
*Note - there is a public hearing on this bill, and on LD 2010, "An Act To Ensure Ethical and Humane Dog Breeding in the State" (Concept Draft) on Monday, February 11 at 1:00 p.m., Room 206, Cross Building.
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LD2171 was posted yesterday, and none of us were prepared for this one. We have been waiting for the language of LD2010 - An Act to Ensure the Ethical and Humane Breeding of Dogs.

Here is the link for LD2171:
www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/billtexts/LD217101.asp


Some of the proposed measures:

1) Breeding kennel - 5 or more intact dogs OR one who breeds and sells more than 16 animals in a year. These will all require state licensing and inspections.

2) Rabies vaccine at 3 months.

3) Demand for remedy; contest - the pet dealer (now all licensed breeders) may have a vet of their choice exam the dog, but the vet must be in 100 miles of the purchaser and the pet dealer must pay the vet bill. We won't be able to use our own vets.

4) Human agents are given the same powers as state vets, sheriffs, deputies, etc to make arrests, and to seize.

5) SEC.24 -  SEIZURE BY STATE HUMANE AGENT OR STATE VETERINARIAN WITHOUT A COURT ORDER!!!!!!!!!!!!!

6) Impeding performance of officer while engaged in seizures, even on one's property.


There are 15 pages of new changes to Maine's animal welfare laws.
Jennifer Walker
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