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Minnesota Alert: Breeders Bills Up for Consideration on Jan. 27 
[Friday, January 23, 2009] 

Two Minnesota Senate proposals, SF 7 and SF 201, each featuring different
breeder regulation proposals, will be heard on Tuesday, January 27, by the
Senate Agriculture and Veterans Affairs Committee. It is vitally important
that all responsible dog breeders and owners in Minnesota attend Tuesday's
committee hearing to express their positions on these bills or contact the
committee members prior to the committee hearing to express their concerns
with these bills.

The American Kennel Club's mission includes working to protect the rights of
all dog owners and promoting responsible dog ownership. The AKC strongly
supports the humane treatment of dogs, including provision of an adequate
and nutritious diet, clean living conditions, regular veterinary care, kind
and responsive human companionship and training in appropriate behavior.


Sponsored by Senator Don Betzold, SF 7 (click here for the bill's text)
seeks to establish strict regulatory requirements for breeders, to require
inspections of breeders' facilities, and to impose undisclosed fee increases
upon breeders. The proposed changes in this bill include:

Changing the definition of "breeder" to those who own 6 or more intact adult
females, defined as any dog over 24 weeks old, for breeding purposes and who
are engaged in the business of direct or indirect sale or exchange.

Limiting, by July 2010, the number of dogs a breeder may keep at a facility
for the purpose of breeding to 50.

Requiring all breeders to obtain an annual license for each facility they
own and operate. Additionally, the statement must include the number of
adult dogs and the estimated number of puppies to be kept, housed, and
maintained at the facility for the year. Licenses must be prominently
displayed in each facility.

Mandating all breeders to pay an undisclosed fee to register their facility.

Calling for the annual inspection of each facility, with no advance notice

Imposing strict requirements for breeders beyond current federal and local
laws and regulations.
If passed and signed into law, the changes proposed in this legislation
would have a significant, negative impact on dog breeders in Minnesota. The
changes proposed in Senate Bill 7 are impractical, costly, and
unenforceable: Most importantly, will not improve the quality of life for
dogs in Minnesota. It is imperative that breeders and concerned dog owners
contact their senator and committee members to express their opposition to
Senate Bill 7.


Sponsored by Senator Steve Dille, this bill (click here for the bill's text)
seeks to provide for the registration of, and standards of care applicable
to, dog and cat breeders in Minnesota. Substantially different from SF 7, SF
201 seeks to:

Permit animal control authorities to charge dog breeders unidentified
"reasonable" fees for registration.
Define "breeder" as someone other than a hobby breeder, who is engaged in
the business of breeding animals for sale and who possesses 20 or more
intact adult females for the purposes of breeding.
Defines "hobby breeder" as someone who is engaged in the business of
breeding animals for direct sale and who possesses less than 10 intact adult
females for the purpose of breeding. It is unclear how those owning between
11-19 intact adult females would be regulated.
Require breeders to register, by March 1, 2010, with the local animal
control authority. Registration is required every four years thereafter.
Allow breeders the option of complying with USDA care standards or complying
with standards issued by the Commissioner of Agriculture.
Limit investigations to only those instances when a formal complaint
alleging violations of standards of care is received by the Minnesota Board
of Animal Health, a local animal control authority, a peace officer, or a
feedlot inspector.
Allow breeders 30 days after notification to correct any violations found
during an investigation.
Permit seizure of affected animals only in cases where a breeder has not
corrected a violation after 30 days and only if such violations threaten the
health and welfare of an animal.
AKC is concerned with several provisions contained in SF 201, including, but
not limited to: the threshold discrepancy between the definitions to
"breeder" and "hobby breeder"; the undetermined fee to be charged for dog
breeders to register with local animal control authorities; and the
potential that, if breeders opt to adhere to regulatory standards of care
issued by the Commissioner, such standards may be unreasonable and onerous
without public input. The American Kennel Club Government Relations
Department encourages all concerned responsible dog breeders and owners in
Minnesota to contact the committee members listed below and express your
concerns about the provisions of SF 201.


Attend the Agriculture and Veterans Committee hearing on Tuesday, January
27, 2009, at 3:00 p.m. and express your positions on these bills. The
hearing will be held at:
Minnesota State Capitol Building
Room 107
75 Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
St. Paul, Minnesota 55155

Contact your State Senator to express your opposition.
Contact the members of the Minnesota Senate Agriculture and Veterans
Committee to express your opposition.
Chairman: Jim Vickerman
(651) 296-5650

Vice-Chair: Sharon Erickson Ropes
(651) 296-5649

Ranking Minority Member: Steve Dille
(651) 296-4131

Satveer Chaudhary
(651) 296-4334

Lisa Fobbe
(651) 296-8075

Joe Gimse
(651) 296-3826

David Hann
(651) 296-1749

Bill Ingebrigtsen
(651) 297-8063

Paul Koering
(651) 296-4875

Gary Kubly
(651) 296-5094

Keith Langseth
(651) 296-3205

Tony Lourey
(651) 296-0293

Steve Murphy
(651) 296-0293

Rod Skoe
(651) 296-4196

Dan Skogen
(651) 296-5655

For more information, contact AKC's Government Relations Department at (919)
816-3720, or e-mail
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