Oklahoma Governor Signs Emergency Pet Breeder Rules

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New rules for Oklahoma’s commercial pet breeders will take effect July 1.

Gov. Mary Fallin signed the emergency rules Thursday night. The rules set regulations, fees, procedures and guidelines for the state Agriculture, Food and Forestry Department to oversee commercial pet breeders.

Lawmakers this year approved legislation that eliminated the Oklahoma Board of Commercial Pet Breeders and transferred regulation and licensing of kennels to the Agriculture Department. Rules adopted by the pet breeders’ board expire June 30.

The Board of Agriculture approved the emergency rules this week a couple hours after holding a public hearing.

As under existing rules, only pet breeders with 11 or more breeding females are subject to state regulation. An unspayed female at least 9 months old is considered a breeding female.

The board lowered proposed licensing fees and eliminated a requirement that veterinarians must conduct annual physical examinations at dog and cat kennels.

The emergency rules still require veterinarians to make at least a personal visual inspection annually of pet breeding operations. If during the course of that visit signs of disease or injury are detected, a physical examination of any dog or cat would be conducted.

The emergency rules can last until shortly after the end of the legislative session in late May. Work will start on drafting permanent rules in September or October; a public hearing likely will be held in October. The rules have to be submitted by April 1. The governor, House of Representatives or Senate can reject all or part of the rules within 45 legislative days; after that it would take joint action by the House, Senate and governor to change rules.

Many of the emergency rules are similar to existing regulations, patterned after care and handling standards of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The emergency rules provide voluntary licensing for those who have fewer breeding females. That license is $125.

The license fee for 11 to 20 breeding females is $200. Breeders with 21 to 50 breeding females would pay $350; a $400 fee was first suggested. Breeders with 51 to 100 breeding females would pay $500 instead of $600; those with 101 or more would pay $650 instead of $800.

4 thoughts on “Oklahoma Governor Signs Emergency Pet Breeder Rules”

  1. How do you figure, Cheryl? Nothing changes for the puppy mills, the requirements are there for those with 11 or more breeding females. What this would potentially affect the small breeder and those breeders who do not sell outright, but co-own dogs so that they can keep tabs on their puppies. There are also small breeders who don’t breed until their females are 3 or 4 years old.

    Of course, there are those that want everything spayed/neutered. Not sure what we will do for pets when that happens, since you have to have some whole animals to create those neutered/spayed animals.

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    • Read the article again. It lowers the license fees for the large breeders and does away with the mandatory yearly vet checks for the millers.

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  2. Why not, Laurna, S/N dogs unless you are a show dog breeder!? We’re killing dogs by the millions every year is gas chambers and recently exposed in my area by heartstick, so let’s make adoption the ONLY choice. There are no pure bred dogs anymore anyway with what the AKC standards have become. Our nation is nuts for designer dogs now…what a crock! They are mutts. And the pure breeds have so many health issues now because of the over enhancement of breed standards, it’s just nuts now. Boxers with the small heads, GSDs with their gait, Bulldogs’ faces, on and on and on… We are a nation of breed snobs now when the breeding is worse than EVER!

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