An Act To Require All Kennels Engaged in Breeding To Be Licensed and Inspected by the State
Sec. 1. 7 MRSA §3907, sub-§8-A, as amended by PL 2009, c. 403, §1, is further amended to read:
Sec. 2. 7 MRSA §3907, sub-§17, as amended by PL 2009, c. 343, §4, is further amended to read:
Sec. 3. 7 MRSA §3923-C, sub-§1, as amended by PL 2003, c. 536, §4, is further amended to read:
Sec. 4. 7 MRSA §3923-C, sub-§7 is enacted to read:
Sec. 5. 7 MRSA §4163, first ¶, as amended by PL 2007, c. 702, §36, is further amended to read:
A person may not advertise for sale, sell or exchange for value more than one cat or dog under the age of 6 months in a 12-month period unless that person has a valid animal shelter, kennel, breeding kennel or pet shop license or a valid vendor's license issued under this section.
This bill amends the definitions of "breeding kennel" and "kennel" in the animal welfare laws. It requires a person keeping 5 or more dogs, wolf hybrids or cats that are capable of breeding to obtain a license as a breeding kennel from the Department of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources. It clarifies that a person maintaining a licensed breeding kennel is not required to obtain a municipal kennel license and is not subject to inspection by an animal control officer. It requires a person with a municipal kennel license to obtain a vendor's license to sell more than one dog or cat per year.