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Introduced in Senate (09/18/2008)


110th CONGRESS
2d Session
S. 3519


To amend the Animal Welfare Act to provide further protection for puppies.


IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

September 18 (legislative day, September 17), 2008

Mr. Durbin (for himself, Mrs. Feinstein, Mrs. McCaskill, and Mr. Wyden) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry


A BILL

To amend the Animal Welfare Act to provide further protection for puppies.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Puppy Uniform Protection and Safety Act”.

SEC. 2. Regulation of high-volume sellers of puppies.

(a) Retail pet store defined.—Section 2 of the Animal Welfare Act (7 U.S.C. 2132) is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection:

“(p) The term ‘retail pet store’ means a person that—

“(1) sells an animal directly to the public for use as a pet; and

“(2) does not breed or raise more than 50 dogs for use as pets during any one-year period.”.

(b) Licenses.—Section 3 of the Animal Welfare Act (7 U.S.C. 2133) is amended in the second proviso—

(1) by striking “retail pet store or other person who” and inserting “retail pet store, or other person who (1) does not breed or raise more than 50 dogs for use as pets during any one-year period, and (2)”; and

(2) by striking “research facility” and inserting “research facility,”.

(c) Humane standards.—Section 13 of the Animal Welfare Act (7 U.S.C. 2143) is amended—

(1) by redesignating subsections (g) and (h) as subsections (h) and (i), respectively;

(2) by redesignating the second subsection (f) as subsection (g); and

(3) by adding at the end the following new subsection:

“(j)(1) Subject to paragraph (2), a dealer shall provide each dog held by such dealer that is of the age of 12 weeks or older with a minimum of two exercise periods during each day for a total of not less than one hour of exercise during such day. Such exercise shall include removing the dog from the dog’s primary enclosure and allowing the dog to walk for the entire exercise period, but shall not include use of a treadmill, catmill, jenny mill, slat mill, or similar device, unless prescribed by a doctor of veterinary medicine.

“(2) Paragraph (1) shall not apply to a dog certified by a doctor of veterinary medicine, on a form designated by and submitted to the Secretary, as being medically precluded from exercise.”.

SEC. 3. Effect on State law.

The amendments made by this Act shall not be construed to preempt any law or regulation of a State or a political subdivision of a State containing requirements that are greater than the requirements of the amendments made by this Act.