Dog, Cat Licenses May Be Required in Arkansas

Legislation would set annual fees for owners of multiple animals.

Posted: March 17, 2009, 5 a.m. EDT

A new bill to require owners of multiple dogs or cats to get annual licenses has been introduced in the Arkansas Senate.

The bill, SB 864 by Sen. Sue Madison, states that owners of 12 or more dogs, cats, or any combination of dogs and cats must purchase an annual license from the Arkansas Agriculture Department. Under the bill, an owner means a person who meets the following criteria:

  • Has a right of property in a dog or cat.
  • Keeps or harbors a dog or cat.
  • Has a dog or cat in his or her care.
  • Acts as a custodian of a dog or cat.

The license fee for an owner of 12 to 24 dogs and/or cats would be set at $250. For owners of more than 24 dogs and/or cats, the fee goes up to $1,000.

SB 864 provides exemptions to the following:

  • A veterinarian or veterinary facility that provides services under the Arkansas Veterinary Medical Practice Act.
  • A boarding kennel or grooming business that acts as a temporary custodian in exchange for compensation.
  • An agency of the federal government acting under its official duties.
  • An agency of the federal, state, county, municipality, or other governmental or political subdivision acting under official duties.
  • An entity owned or managed by a state or local government agency that is responsible for animal control.
  • Research facilities.

In addition, the bill states that an animal control officer may investigate a case where there has been a complaint, “or upon his or her own motion.” The investigation may include the inspection of dogs or cats on the premises and any place where the animals are kept.

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mary   benton, AR

3/11/2012 2:57:19 PM

If you breed dogs, that is the only way i can see having that many dogs and then the fee should be higher and based on a per dog basis which expense can be shared by whoever the animal is eventually sold to, as part of the purchase price. If you have 12-24 dogs, you should also be required to have enough property to house them without violating the animal cruelty act, housing, and food and medical care available must also be required before issuing a license and if they aren't up to those standards they will have to register as a kennel, be required to meet those standards or else give up the animlas--you cannot sacrifice the health and well being of an animal jsut to get 250. per year from the owner.

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Michelle   Hot Springs, AR

3/26/2009 5:48:47 PM

I don't think a lot of people realize how many people take in and foster unwanted animals. We get them spayed or neutered, give them their shots, nurse them back to health thenfind them forever homes. Sometimes this takes time. I own four show dogs...do not breed dogs...but sometimes foster dogs that are the breed that I own. I could have more than twelver for a short time depending on the need.

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Cheryl   Tulsa, OK

3/17/2009 10:54:41 PM

I cannot imagine 12 much less 24 dogs or cats or any combination of the 2 and I love both.

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Galadriel   Lothlorien, ME

3/17/2009 10:49:35 PM

I think it's a great idea to have the licenses but the cost is too steep.

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