A Tennessee Animal bill to watch:

A bill filed yesterday seeks to define any person who sells 25 or more dogs or cats a year as a “dealer”.  For breeds that produce large litters, this could be just two litters in any one year.

The first sign of federalizing  

Under the TN Dept. of Ag rules, a “dealer” must be compliant with the federal Animal Welfare Act.  The AWA standards, which were designed for commercial breeders, can be problematic for home-based hobby breeders who do not maintain their dogs in commercial facilities.

This also could potentially result in zoning compliance issues for home-based breeders who were defined under state law as “dealers”.

Click here to access the bill status page on the state website:  http://wapp.capitol.tn.gov/apps/BillInfo/Default.aspx?BillNumber=SB1698.  As of today, a committee assignment is not listed.  We will be watching for a companion bill in the House.

Bill text:

SENATE BILL 1698 By Lundberg

AN ACT to amend Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 44, Chapter 17, Part 1, relative to dog and cat dealers.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF TENNESSEE:

SECTION 1. Tennessee Code Annotated, Section 44-17-102(4), is amended by adding the following language as a new subdivision:

(C) “Dealer” also means any person who, for compensation or profit, sells twenty-five (25) or more dogs or cats in any one (1) calendar year to individuals;

SECTION 2. Tennessee Code Annotated, Section 44-17-104(b), is amended by adding the following language as a new subdivision:

Dealer, as defined in § 44-17-102(4)(C), license fee to sell dogs or cats to individuals – one hundred twenty-five dollars ($125).

SECTION 3. Tennessee Code Annotated, Section 44-17-106, is amended by adding the following language as a new subdivision:

Dealer, as defined in § 44-17-102(4)(C), license fee to sell dogs or cats to individuals – one hundred twenty-five dollars ($125).

SECTION 4. For purposes of promulgating rules, this act shall take effect upon becoming a law. For all other purposes, this act shall take effect July 1, 2018, the public welfare requiring it.

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