In response to
concerns from his constituents about some provisions of AB-250, the Commercial
Dog Breeders Licensure Bill, Representative Jeff Smith introduced Assembly
substitute amendment 1 on September 16, 2009
(read entire AB-250
Assembly Substitute Amendment 1 here). Senator Kreitlow offered the
Amendment in the Senate on 23 September.
amendment reflects continued discussions with the many groups that will be
impacted by this legislation and includes input and suggestions from the
Wisconsin Puppy Mill Project, Wisconsin Veterinarian Medical Association,
Wisconsin Humane Society, Wisconsin Sheriffs and Deputy Sheriffs Association,
Wisconsin Wildlife Federation, Dog Federation of Wisconsin, and Wisconsin Bear
This amendment makes
several minor changes to strengthen the bill, including:
the licensure threshold (Pg. 4; Lines 4-6 and 8-11)
maintained at 25 dogs sold per year, but licensure is not required if dogs sold
come from three or fewer litters. This requirement addresses a concern from
hobby breeders that raise large-litter breeds and could surpass a
threshold of 25 dogs with only two litters. Under the sub, up to three litters
can be sold without licensure.
Temporary Dog Market Definitions (Pg. 4; Lines 16-18 and 23-24)
This provides a definition for a dog trial, using the
definition already used in DNR statute, and exempts them from the
classification as a temporary dog market, which would have required a license.
Simply stated, dog trials cannot be confused with temporary dog markets.
Outdoor Dog Definitions (Pg. 10; Line 21)
Reporting Requirements for Mistreatment of Dogs (Pg. 13; Lines 1-5)
This section was renamed from Seizure of
Dogs to Reporting Mistreatment of Dogs. Rather than DATCP
being given the authority to remove animals in light of violation of
Ch. 951, the statute now states
that they will work with local law enforcement. This is the procedure DATCP
would have followed under the previous draft, but language is clarified here to
solidify the intent in statute. On pg. 3; line 10 is a clerical revision to
keep ch. 173 and ch. 951 consistent in regards to the definition of a license.
Advisory Committee (Pg. 13; Lines 12, 3, 5, and 8)
- Membership expanded to include two more dog breeders and one additional
humane society, reflecting the variety of size and scope of these groups and
ensuring input from a broader range of facilities that will be regulated by
this bill. Also, rather than two at-large members to be determined by DATCP,
there is now one, which caps the total number of committee members at 12.
strengthen the intent and structure of this legislation and have support from
nearly all organizations involved throughout the drafting process.
AB-250 Assembly Substitute