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"New York Sneak Attack Alert:
Four Dogs Makes You A Dealer

Legislation Rushed Through On Week’s Notice

American Sporting Dog Alliance
_http://www.american sportingdogallia nce.org_

ALBANY, NY – A sneak attack against New York dog owners by animal rights
advocates was launched June 10, and less than one week’s notice was given before
a scheduled legislative hearing on June 17.

The bill defines anyone who possesses more than four unsterilized females or
sells more than nine dogs or puppies a year as a commercial “pet dealer.”
This definition would be devastating to almost all hobby breeders in New York,
as well as professional trainers, handlers and many people who simply love
dogs. Anyone who fits into this category would be subjected to intense
regulation, tough inspections, and hefty fines and penalties.

What makes this legislation a very real threat is that it is sponsored by
one of the most powerful leaders in the New York State Assembly, Agriculture
Committee Chair William Magee. It has been introduced into the Rules Committee,
which is chaired by Speaker of the House Chairman Sheldon Silver.

The bill is A11509. This link gives the full text of the legislation:
_http://assembly. state.ny. us/leg/?bn= A11509&sh=t_
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The American Sporting Dog Alliance has not had time to thoroughly study this
legislation and prepare a formal commentary, but the urgency of the
situation demands an interim report as the hearing will be held in four days. The
legislative session ends in two weeks. This bill is being pushed hard and fast.

Here are some of the most important parts of the legislation, which amends
existing law:

· It defines a “pet dealer” as anyone who “engages in the sale or
offering for sale of animals for profit to the public and keeps on his or her
premises more than four intact female dogs six months of age or older for the
purpose of breeding.”

* A pet dealer also is defined as anyone who sells or offers to sell
nine or more dogs or puppies a year. Humane Societies are excluded.

* A pet dealer may not sell or offer to sell any animal for which
detailed record-keeping is not maintained, and a veterinary examination is
required before a dog or puppy can be sold. All vaccinations must be up to date,
and a veterinarian may order genetic tests appropriate for the breed. The
veterinarian must be given permission to send all medical records to the state.

* License fees were increased to between $100 and $300 per year,
depending on the total value of the dogs sold.

* All personal and business records relating to dogs must be made
available for inspection, including bank accounts.

* Kennels will be inspected by state officials at least once a year,
or more often at the discretion of the state. . Licenses can be revoked for
any violation of this law, including paperwork and purely technical violations,
or any violation of any federal, state or local laws about animal care or
animal cruelty, including business laws. Revocation is mandatory if a kennel
fails three inspections.

* Inspections would follow an existing state law for pet dealers. The
text of this law can be viewed at: _http://public. leginfo.state. cgi?COMMONQUERY= LAWS_
( . Many of the provisions in this law are ambiguous and open
to interpretation by inspectors, officials and judges.

* Fines ranging from $200 to $2,500 are authorized for each violation.
In addition, the state can levy civil penalties, revoke licenses and seek

The American Sporting Dog Alliance is urging New Yorkers to contact Rules
Committee Chairman Silver and Committee members as soon as possible to express
opposition to A11509. It is vital that they receive your comments as far in
advance of next Tuesday’s hearings as possible, which will be difficult given
the lack of notice about this legislation. Phone calls and faxes are
preferred at this late hour.

Here is a list of all Rules Committee members, with contact information
available by clicking on each name: _http://assembly. state.ny. us/comm/?
sec=mem&id=33_ (

Please also contact your own legislator immediately, as this bill could be
facing a vote of the full Assembly this coming week. Here is a list of
assemblymen: _http://assembly. state.ny. us/mem/_ (

The American Sporting Dog Alliance represents owners, hobby breeders and
professionals who work with breeds of dogs that are used for hunting. We are a
grassroots movement working to protect the rights of dog owners, and to
assure that the traditional relationships between dogs and humans maintains its
rightful place in American society and life. Please visit us on the web at
_http://www.american sportingdogallia nce.org_
( . Our email is _ASDA@csonline. net_
(mip://04000980/Compose? .

The American Sporting Dog Alliance also needs your help so that we can
continue to work to protect the rights of dog owners. Your membership,
participation and support are truly essential to the success of our mission. We are
funded solely by the donations of our members, and maintain strict independence.


Have You Joined Yet?
The American Sporting Dog Alliance
_http://www.american sportingdogallia nce.org_
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