N.Y. bill would require DVMs to certify some animal breeders

N.Y. bill would require DVMs to certify some animal breeders

Jul 01, 2009
By dvm360.com staff

ALBANY, N.Y. — New York veterinarians may have to certify some animal breeders if a bill is passed by state legislators.

The bill, introduced by state Rep. Greg Ball, R-Brewster, calls for the Department of Agriculture and Markets and the Department of Health to establish rules and regulations for the humane treatment of animals that are bred for sale.

The regulations are supposed to take into account adequate living conditions, daily exercise and daily interaction with humans.

Anyone who violates the regulations would not be able to sell animals until they "obtain a statement by a licensed veterinarian that the animal facility is in compliance with all applicable regulations pursuant to this bill."

Sean McSherry, legislative and constituent affairs director for Ball, says the bill could be re-introduced in January and likely amended.

Funding sources also will be examined, he says.

The New York Senate Agriculture Committee passed a bill that would limit animal ownership to no more than 50 intact dogs and cats over 4 months of age if kept for breeding.