February 9, 2014
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Lee County BOC passes mandatory dog sterilization, breeder licensing & inspections
The Lee County Board of County Commissioners unanimously approved a new Animal Control ordinance on February 4. The law, effective May 1, 2014, severely restricts the rights of responsible dog breeders and owners. The ordinance includes mandatory spay/castration provisions, and requires all breeders to be licensed and inspected, and makes other changes which will negatively impact responsible dog breeders and owners. The law will be effective for only a year, expiring April 30, 2015.
Key provisions of the new ordinance:
• Requires sterilization of all dogs and cats over the age of six months unless the animal serves law enforcement, is registered with a nationally recognized dog or cat club, is working as an agricultural dog, is a hunting or sporting animal whose owner possess a valid hunting license, or has a veterinary exemption. An unsterilized animal that registered with a national breed club will be sterilized upon a second impoundment. This is not reasonable as a dog may get out once as a puppy and then years later be let out by a child or neighbor leaving a fence unsecured. That is not sufficient to prove the animal a danger or habitually at-large.
• Defines a “breeder” as “an individual or business breeding domestic animals for the purpose of producing off-spring for sale, adoption, or other placement. A Breeder is subject to the definitional and location limitations for animal kennels as contained in the Lee County Development Code.” The Lee County Development Code defines an “animal kennel “ as “an establishment where more than four dogs or cats (except litters of animals of not more than six months of age) are kept, raised, bred, cared for or boarded for others.” This could be interpreted to mean that any breeder owning more than four dogs or cats would need a kennel license. It should be noted that current ordinances do NOT allow kennels in residential areas.
• Requires a certificate to legally breed or stud a dog or cat. The fee for this license is not stated.
•Requires breeders to provide contact information for all new pet owners, display their license certificate and includes their license number in any advertisements.
• Requires breeders to allow the county's Animal Services to inspect the breeding premises "at any reasonable time". It is unreasonable that the authorities would need a warrant to inspect the home of someone suspected of a major felony but that dog breeders are denied the same rights.
USDA adds hobby
to pet "dealer" regulations
Applies to 5 intact females of any species
Rescue groups now must be licensed
"Puppy-back" deals are included
The Obama Administration has added pet breeders with over four breedable females (of any pet species -- not just dogs) to the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service's (APHIS) definition of a "dealer" under the federal Animal Welfare Act. This rule change takes effect on November 18, 2013. The new rule likely will subject thousands of hobby breeders to the same USDA licensing, inspections, animal identification and recordkeeping, handling, care, treatment, and transportation regulations which previously have applied only to commercial pet dealers.
The rule change will apply to any breeder with more than four intact females on her premises, who sells the offspring as pets, and whose buyers are not all physically present to observe the animals prior to purchase and/or to take custody of those animals after purchase (i.e., not face-to-face). While the rule change was intended to cover sight-unseen Internet transactions, it also will include sales negotiated by telephone, with the dogs shipped to the buyers, even if the breeder and buyer have had a long-term relationship with each other.
The definition of "breeding female" includes dogs, cats, and small exotic and wild mammals which are bred and whose offspring are sold as pets. Any combination of these female animals which total more than four would apply. The exemption refers to the aggregate number of intact females on the premises whose offspring are sold as pets. APHIS states that it will assume that any female that is capable of breeding may be bred, regardless of the bitch's age.
The rule change also is expected to adversely impact stud owners' puppy-back agreements. If the stud owner sells a puppy not bred on her own premises, she would not be exempt from the licensing requirement. Non-resident co-owners of breeding females would qualify for the four-or-less exemption, provided that no more than four breeding females are maintained on their premises. Private rescue organizations are not exempt if they operate in a manner that requires them to be licensed as dealers. This includes paying licensing fees and adhering to the facility standards of the regulations.
Details of the APHIS rule changes are here. The APHIS specifications for handling, care, treatment, and transportation are here. Click here for an AKC chart showing whether the APHIS rule affects you as a hobby breeder. See also this NAIA analysis.
FAKC welcomes its
newest member clubs
Not a member of FAKC yet?
FAKC welcomes its four newest member clubs: the Suncoast Basset Hound Club of Tampa, FL, the Pensacola Dog Fanciers' Association, Inc., the Tampa Bay German Shepherd Dog Club, and the Sunshine State Pomeranian Club!
If your Florida dog club is a member of the American Kennel Club (AKC) or an AKC licensed affiliate, your club may join the Florida Association of Kennel Clubs. Download a Membership Application now!
Tells it like it is!
Animal Rightists are behind forced neutering, dog limit laws
Dog Press column: Almost all mandatory spay/neuter and limit laws originated with H$U$, PETA, or SPCA and were supported by well meaning people without a clue. The Dog Press. By Teresa Crisman, Morningstar Miniature Schanuzers, Logan, NM.
FAKC opposes importing deer, to avoid chronic wasting disease
Supports Florida Sportsmen's
Conservation Assn. initiative
At its annual meeting on August 17, FAKC voted to oppose importation of deer into Florida, to avoid introducing "cronic wasting disease" (CWD) into the state. CWD is a fatal disease which attacks the brains of infected animals, causing them to become emaciated, display abnormal behavior, and lose bodily functions. Control is extremely difficult once CWD becomes established in a natural population.
Some experts believe that the most likely way CWD will get to Florida is through importation of live infected animals. To prevent this, live cervids (mule deer, white-tailed deer and elk) cannot be imported into Florida unless they come from a herd certified CWD-free by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Any illegal importations of cervids should be reported to 1-888-404-FWCC.
For more information, click here. The Florida Sportsmen’s Conservation Association requested FAKC's support of this initiative.
Florida appeals case affirms homeowners' protection against government agents' snooping
A May 2013 Florida appellate decision has affirmed that police and other government agents, such as animal control officers, are constitutionally prevented from snooping around a residential property without a warrant. This is important information for dog breeders in Florida.
Under Florida law, police, animal control and zonin...g
agencies cannot walk around your property to snoop around. Police “knock and
talk” encounters at a home—where officers approach the front door—are
permissible as long as they approach a dwelling on a defined path, knock on
the front door, briefly await an answer, and either engage in a consensual
encounter with the resident or immediately depart. A resident has the option
to either open the door or refuse. And even if an occupant chooses to open
the door and speak with the officers, the occupant need not allow the
officers to enter the premises and may refuse to answer any questions at any
Homeowners who post “No Trespassing” or “No Soliciting” signs effectively negate the police' ability to enter the posted property. But, if no signs forbid entry, and there is a recognizable pathway to a front door, the police can enter the property on the pathway and knock on the door exists. It is a different matter when police officers choose to physically enter other portions of a home’s curtilage—areas where they have no right to be, like leaving walkway and crossing grass to stand next to a window to listen to conversation inside, or worse, to take photos. Even when governmental agents are engaging in otherwise lawful “knock-and-talks,” they can exceed the scope of a reasonable visit to a front door or porch through physical actions that encroach into areas in which the resident has a reasonable expectation of privacy, like trying to barge into the house.
See the May 22, 2013 Florida appellate case here.
FAKC's Magnets For Sale!
Deliver Our Message, Loud & Clear!
FAKC is offering these colorful, to-the-point, car magnets at cost, $5.00 each, plus shipping. Buy one for yourself or in bulk for your club. We have hundreds of them. To order, contact FAKC president Leah James.
goal is to make the public think of breeding dogs and cats like
drunk driving and smoking."
-- Kim Sturla
Animal Rights, Animal Welfare: Which is it?
The extremists have kidnapped "animal rights" and given it a ludicrous new definition intended to give legal rights to animals and make humans their enemies. Compare some important differences between animal welfare and "animal rights":
-- Animal welfare celebrates the bond between animals and humans; animal rights seeks to sever that bond.
-- Animal welfare grows and improves as we learn more and more about animals, their behavior, and their management. Animal rights remains stagnant with its dogma of "no more animal use ever."
The National Animal Interest Alliance (NAIA) presents a thoughtful essay on the differences between animal welfare and "animal rights", as defined by the fanatics. Read NAIA's essay here.
NAIA also offers a sample letter for you to explain to your veterinarians the difference between Animal Welfare and Animal Rights. Click here to view the letter.
Unfortunately, many vets become indoctrinated in school by PETA and H$U$ (that's were some of their money goes) to believe that purebred breeding is a moral sin. Don't let your vets continue down that path.
Download These Posters To Fight Anti-Pet Legislation
Federal judge sustains fraud, rackets, RICO, and obstruction claims versus H$U$ & ASCPA
A federal judge ruled July 9 that the Humane Society of the United States (H$U$) must stand trial on charges of racketeering, obstruction of justice, and malicious prosecution, and federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act violations. The other defendants are the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI), and their trial lawyers.
The civil lawsuit was filed by Feld Entertainment, the parent company of Ringling Brothers Circus, which was H$U$' target in an earlier case brought by H$U$ and other animal rights fanatics, accusing Feld Entertainment of violating the Endangered Species Act (ESA) through its use of Asian elephants. Feld Entertainment won the earlier case and then filed a counter-suit against H$U$ and the other groups and their lawyers. Feld charges that certain payments made to trial witnesses were violated the federal RICO Act, and that H$U$ and the others lied and misled donors in seeking funds to pay for legal fees associated with the initial suit.
FAKC’s War Room is where to go to battle anti-pet legislation. All of your weapons are there for you to send your messages to your legislators:
|Where does all of H$U$'s money go?|
|“It goes to lobbying, it goes to political contributions, it goes to pay huge staff salaries and benefits," said David Martosko, Director of Research, Center for Consumer Freedom.|
It's FAKC member club annual
registration & dues time again
FAKC member clubs annual registration and dues are due as of March 1 of each year. Member clubs may download the annual registration form here.
Collier County dog breeders
must register and follow
new "standards of care"
Collier County, Florida Ordinance 2013-55, effective November 1, 2013, defines "commercial breeder" as anyone who breeds a dog or offers a dog for breeding or stud purposes, producing at least three litters per year. "Non-commercial breeders" are those who produce only one or two litters per year.
Commercial breeders are subject to the agricultural zoning requirements of the county's Land Development Code. Non-commercial breeders are subject to the county's home occupational license requirements. All breeders also must register as breeders with the county's Domestic Animal Services Department and are required to comply with the county commission's "Standards of Care" which govern the care and feeding of animals maintained by commercial breeders and non-commercial breeders. These standards include:
Dogs offered for sale must be at least eight weeks of age and must be accompanied by an "Official Certificate of Veterinary Inspection" (OCVI), which contains (a) the date of the examination by the examining veterinarian; (b) the examining veterinarian's license number; (c) the examining veterinarian's signature; (d) the age, breed, sex, color, and any distinguishing marks of the animal; (e) the health record of the animal; (f) any tests performed and their results, and any vaccinations or other treatments administered, including vaccine type, lot number, expiration date, and date of administration; (g) a statement that the examining veterinarian warrants, to the best of his knowledge, that the dog has no sign of contagious or infectious diseases and has no evidence of internal or external parasites, including coccidiosis and ear mites, but excluding fleas and ticks; (h) a statement concerning whether or not the examining veterinarian has detected any physical abnormalities in the dog or cat, including but not limited to a heart murmur, and umbilical hernia, entropian, and inguinal hernia, and cryptorchidism; (i) document that the following inoculations, tests, and treatments have been administered, unless the veterinarian certifies on the OCVI that to inoculate or deworm the animal is not in the best medical interest of the animal, in which case the vaccine or anthelmintic may not be administered to that particular animal: vaccination against canine distemper, leptospirosis, bordetella, parainfluenza, hepatitis, and canine parvovirus;a rabies inoculation must be provided for any dog over three months of age; diagnostic tests to detect the following internal parasites: hookworms, roundworms, whipworms, tapeworms, coccidia and giardia; heartworm detection must occur for dogs six months of age or older; appropriate treatment for all positive findings must be documented.
If the dog is less than four months old, the tests, vaccines, and anthelmintics required above must be administered no more than twenty-one days before sale within the county. If the dog is four months of age or older, the tests, vaccines, and anthelmintics required above must be administered at or after three months of age, but no more than one year before sale within the county. The sale of the dog must take place no more than thirty days after the OCVI has been issued. If a dog is not sold within thirty days of the issuance of the OCVI, then a new examination and OCVI must be obtained. All dogs offered for sale must be implanted with a microchip.
All breeders also must maintain records of each litter born, including the date of birth, number of puppies born, and the license tag number of each parent. Breeders must maintain a separate record of each dog sold containing the breed, sex, color, and identifying marks of the dog; all OCVIs and medical records for each dog; the name and address of the purchaser; and the number of the microchip implanted in the dog. If the disposition of the dog is not through sale, the records shall indicate the type and date of disposition, including the name and address of any subsequent owner, if one exists. If a dog dies while in the possession of a breeder, the breeder shall secure the services of a licensed veterinarian to determine the cause of death or suspected cause of death. The veterinarian shall document the date of death and known or suspected cause of death on an OCVI. Records indicating the disposition of all dogs shall be forwarded to animal services on a quarterly basis. All records shall be kept for a period of two years and shall be made available to the inspecting officer upon request.
At the time of sale, breeders must provide the purchaser with: (a) a copy of the complete record pertaining to the individual dog; (b) literature to be provided by animal services outlining the provisions of the Collier County Animal Control Ordinance; and (c) a copy of Florida Statute 828.29, Dogs and cats transported or offered for sale; health requirements; consumer guarantee. The same information also must be provided to prospective purchasers upon request.
For more information, call Daniel Christenbury, Public Information Specialist, at 239-252-6956.
New Florida law requires shelters to keep in-take and disposition records of dogs
FAKC & NAIA supported law's passage
Since July 2013, every animal shelter, humane society, and animal control agency in Florida has been required to compile and maintain statistics of in-take and disposition records. Copies of all such records are to be open to public inspection. Also, if a shelter's policy is to euthanize dogs based upon size or breed, the shelter must provide a written statement of such policy.
The Florida Association of Kennel Clubs (FAKC) and the National Animal Interest Alliance (NAIA) and pet owners throughout the state fought long and hard to get this statute passed. Much credit goes to FAKC's Tallahassee lobbyists, Mixon & Associates and its principals, M. Juhan Mixon and Pat C. Mixon.
Everyone now is urged to contact your local animal shelters to be sure they are following this law. Call them and ask for copies of their in-take and disposition records. If they deny any knowledge of the law, send them a copy. You may download a copy of the statute here.
This law is a necessity to enable the State of Florida and its cities and counties to make informed decisions regarding the disposition of animals in these facilities, since presently there is little or no data being kept or available when requested. The statistics will help enable counties and municipalities to understand the current state of shelters and rescue animals as they craft ordinances and legislation in the future. It also will help us know where these animals come from -- imported from out of state, surrendered, taken, etc. We now cannot find out the true numbers and disposition of these animals in order to make meaningful decisions in this state as to the funding, resources and best practices in these facilities.
Pinellas BCC rejects mandatory
spay/castration of dogs & cats
Comm'rs accept Animal Control advice
Pinellas County's board of commissioners rejected a proposed mandatory spay and neuter ordinance. The county's animal control representative presented a one hour power point presentation showing that animal intake numbers have been steadily going down in Pinellas County for the last five years. In other words, we must be doing something right. She concluded by recommending no mandatory spay/neuter ordinance.
Our advocates at the
Read here about our representatives before the Florida legislature, Mixon & Associates (M&A) and its principals, cavalier King Charles spaniel breeders M. Juhan Mixon, Pat C. Mixon, and their daughter, Corrine Mixon.
Tell Congress to reject federal PUPS bill
PUPS - HR 835 and S 707 miss the mark!
Use NAIA's CapWiz to send your letters
The federal Puppy Uniform Protection and Safety (PUPS) legislation drafted by H$U$ and introduced in 2011 as Senate Bill 707 and House Bill 835. The purpose of PUPS is to close a loophole in the federal Animal Welfare Act (AWA) which allows breeders who sell more than 50 dogs a year and sell over the Internet, to do so without regulation and oversight by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). Read the text of the bill here.
PUPS would require anyone who owns or co-owns dogs that produce 50 or more puppies offered for sale in a 12-month period to be regulated under existing USDA dog “dealer” regulations. These regulations are designed for high-volume commercial kennels that produce puppies for wholesale, and require a USDA commercial license, maintenance of specified commercial kennel engineering standards and regular inspections.
PUPS' definition of a “high volume retail breeder” would be anyone with “an ownership interest in or custody of one or more breeding female dogs.” It defines a “breeding female” as an intact female dog aged 4 months or older.
Dog breeding was first regulated under the AWA at a time when most large scale commercial breeders sold their dogs through middlemen to pet stores. The regulations are designed to protect the welfare of dogs, and to provide consumer protection to purchasers of pet store puppies who are unable to see and judge the conditions under which their puppy was produced. The growing number of large scale commercial breeders who sell their dogs over the Internet meet the historical criteria for regulation because, like the pet store purchasers, their customers are generally unable to see the environment in which their puppy was bred. Instead of buying their puppy at the seller's home or kennel, their puppy is generally shipped to them after an online sale is made.
USDA has the subject matter knowledge, the history and statutory authority to regulate this group of breeders, and can do so by amending the Act so that large scale breeders who use indirect means such as the Internet to sell and distribute their puppies will no longer be exempt.
The category of breeders regulated needs to be defined carefully so that it does not expand federal oversight to breeders who sell directly to the public from their homes, or breed and sell 50 dogs or fewer per year. Unfortunately, the PUPS bill does not stay within these parameters and it contains several other notable flaws. Hobbyists, casual breeders and some commercial breeders who sell directly to the public have never been considered appropriate targets for federal regulation. PUPS would cause many small scale hobbyists, sporting dog enthusiasts and working dog breeders to throw in the towel. It would also stretch the resources of USDA beyond its budgetary and operating capacity, reducing coverage in the areas with the greatest risk, and unnecessarily duplicating efforts by state and local agencies, as well as dog registries like the AKC that conduct significant inspection programs.
Write your Senators and Representatives and ask them to reject PUPS as currently drafted. Let them know you support its goals, but don't believe it will achieve its objectives and could cause more problems than it solves. Keep track of this H$U$-drafted anti-breeder bill on the AKC website.
|From H$U$'s Wayne Pacelle's Playbook:|
|“We have no problem with the extinction of domestic animals. They are creations of human selective breeding.”|
All AKC puppies
should be registered
As part of the “front lines” of purebred dogs, AKC relies on its loyal breeders to communicate the benefits and importance of AKC registration to their puppy buyers. To ensure a strong future for you, your fellow breeders, and all purebred dogs, AKC needs all of its breeders to make a concerted effort to ensure that every puppy in each litter you have bred gets registered with the AKC. AKC has implemented a new initiative to help you accomplish this goal.
The AKC has begun sending all breeders who register a litter an email asking them to provide us with their new puppy buyers’ contact information. The email includes information on our new Online Litter Record Service. This service allows breeders to supply AKC with new puppy buyer contact information in an easy-to-use online format. If the breeder does not want to use the new online service, a link to a printable version of the litter record is also available.
The new puppy buyers will then receive an e-mail or letter from AKC detailing the benefits and importance of AKC registration. The new puppy buyers will only be contacted by AKC. Their names will not be sold or used for any other promotions or marketing when given through this initiative. As you have experienced, puppy buyers tend to be more concerned about caring for their new puppy at the time of purchase, and often forget about one of the most important steps of responsible dog ownership – AKC registration. Our goal is to reinforce their decision of purchasing an AKC puppy and to educate them on the many benefits that they can receive with registration.
AKC is dedicated to promoting responsible dog ownership and educating new puppy buyers about registration benefits and the important programs that every registration supports. Registration dollars help AKC fund important educational programs, support the research of health issues through donations, and continue to subsidize AKC events. Our registration numbers also help us to maintain legislative influence and ensure that like-minded organizations continue to support the AKC through alternative revenue programs and sponsorships.
With your support, and by working together, AKC will be able to take the necessary steps to ensure its long and healthy future as the nation’s preeminent purebred dog registry. For more information or to use the new Online Litter Record Service, please click here. Please note this service can be used for recent or past litters.
AKC issues podcast on vaccination protocols
The American Kennel Club's Canine Health Foundation released a podcast in November 2010 on the topic of the different types of core and non-core vaccines available, what makes up the vaccines, and the best way to time the vaccination process.
Dr. Christy Petersen of Iowa State University presents the information. Listen to the podcast on-line here.
Join FAKC on Facebook!
We are crawling into the 21st Century, which includes creating a Facebook page. There are many ways to communicate these days, and Facebook seems to be one of the easiest for many dog owners. So feel free to click on our Facebook icon in the upper left corner of the page. And, if you like what you see, let us know by clicking the LIKE button, too.
H$U$ Does Little to Help Homeless Dogs and Cats
exemption is available
Section 828.30(2) of Florida's statutes provides that a dog (or cat or ferret) may be exempted from the state's requirement that all dogs over 4 months of age must be vaccinated against rabies, if a licensed veterinarian certifies that the vaccination would endanger the dog's health because of its age, infirmity, disability, illness, or other medical considerations.
TheDogPlace.com offers a downloadable form for the veterinarian's certificate, which is available on-line here.