On Tuesday, March 27, the Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation capped a three-month long effort by adopting rules for dog and cat breeders required to be licensed by HB 1451, which was enacted by the Texas legislature in 2011.
Major developments include:
• Amending the definition of “wire or wire mesh” to clarify that only wire mesh floors (not walls or ceilings) are required to feature an appropriate protective coating.
• Clarifying that the dog exemptions provided in Section 91.30 are automatic.
• Affirming the removal of third-party inspectors.
• Separating out-of-cycle inspections to two tiers. Tier 1 will apply to serious or repeated violations relating to sanitation or failing to timely remedy violations documented during periodic inspections, investigations, or commission orders; and will require two inspections per year. Tier 2 will apply to repeated or serious violations related to shelter, food, water, and medical treatment or examinations; and will require four inspections per year. Out-of-cycle inspection fees have been set at $150.
• Changing the record retention requirement from five to two years.
• Reducing original and renewal license fees – For licensees with 11-25 intact females, $300; for licensees with 26 or more intact females, $500. These fees include pre-license and regular inspections.
• With the exception of certain additional standards required by HB 1451, setting operational standards to correlate with federal standards.
• Clarifying that annual veterinary examinations of breeding dogs must be conducted in accordance with practices established under the Veterinarian Practices Act.
• Reaffirming that surgical births and adult dog euthanizations must be performed by a veterinarian.
The Commission also discussed several items that should be further discussed by its Licensed Breeders Advisory Committee in the future. They include enclosure flooring, stacking of enclosures, enclosure sizes, and husbandry procedures that may or may not have to be performed by a veterinarian. No timeframe was established for those discussions.
The American Kennel Club appreciates the time and consideration spent by the Commission and the Licensed Breeders Advisory Committee in developing the regulations. AKC also strongly commends the many concerned responsible dog owners and breeders who participated in the rulemaking process and helped ensure that the initial rules did not become unnecessarily onerous.
For more information, contact AKC’s Government Relations Department at (919) 816-3720, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thu, March 29, 2012
by Matt Kremzar