The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) has released the finalized regulations for licensed breeders in a new, easier to read format. They can be found on their website (listed below) along with the Department’s response to some of the specific comments provided during the public comment period.
The regulations themselves begin about halfway down the page. There are no substantive changes to the regulations from the document provided on March 30th although some sections have been re-worded or re-numbered.
In response to numerous comments regarding exemptions for individuals dogs that are bred for a special purpose such as competitive events, the Commission has clarified that the exemption for such dogs will be self-executing, meaning that a breeder does not need to make a formal application to invoke the exemptions for those particular animals. However, the burden of proof resides with the owner of the dog and that “persons may provide whatever proof is available to them based on the unique circumstances under which they may find themselves”. For this reason, specific limited examples of some exemptions have been deleted from the finalized regulations to avoid confusion. The committee reserves the right to make determinations on a case-by-case basis. For more details see the General Public Comments preceding the finalized regulations.
Breeders with specific questions about how these regulations may impact them are encouraged to contact TDLR directly as the AKC is prohibited from providing legal advice regarding these issues. AKC GR staff is pleased to provide general guidance about this legislation and will continue to update responsible dog owners and breeders as these issues develop.
Posted on Mon, April 23, 2012
by Matt Kremzar