Oregon Bill Regulates Dog Breeders, Pet Stores

Legislation places limits on owning intact dogs and provides puppy "warranty” provisions.

Posted: July 30, 2009, 5 a.m. EDT

Oregon’s governor has signed into law a measure that would prohibit any person from having more than 50 adult intact dogs. The legislation also provides disclosure requirements for pet stores and warranty provisions for pet dealers.

House Bill 2470, which becomes effective Jan. 1, 2010, prohibits any person from possessing, controlling or having charge of 50 intact dogs over the age of 2. Any person in possession or control of at least 10 sexually intact dogs at least 8 months old are subject to specific care requirements, including:

  • Providing sufficient space for dogs;
  • Providing enclosures meeting certain standards, including solid flooring;
  • Providing at least one hour of exercise;
  • Maintaining detailed records of each dog.

A retail pet store that offers a dog for sale must provide the following information:

  • If known, the dog’s breed, age and date of birth;
  • Sex and color of the dog;
  • A list and proof of inoculations;
  • A list of all medical treatment provided to the dog;
  • The name and business address of the breeder;
  • The retail price of the dog;
  • Any congenital disorder or heredity diseases in the parents;
  • Pedigree information, if applicable;
  • Reason stated for a previous buyer returning the pet, if applicable;
  • Information on the number of litters born during the one-year period before the day the dog was born.

In addition, HB 2470 provides warranty provisions for those purchasing a dog from a pet dealer. A “pet dealer” is defined as anyone selling five or more litters of dogs during any one-year period.

A pet dealer would be responsible for providing a full refund of the purchase price if, within 15 days of the sale of the animal, a veterinarian certifies that the dog is diseased. The warranty would also apply to congenital conditions that are certified by a veterinarian within a year after the dog is purchased. Instead of a full refund, compensation can be an exchange or reimbursements for veterinary fees up to the cost of the dog.


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Zeke   Portland, OR

2/15/2010 3:14:37 PM

This is merely the first step in banning pets and livestock completely. You think they are regulating other people, but as they systematically reduce the numbers that trigger the various regulations they will eventually be regulating you. If you support them you are willing victims of their overall

"We have no ethical obligation to preserve the different breeds of livestock produced through selective breeding. . One generation and out. We have no problem with the extinction of domestic animals. They are creations of human selective breeding." Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of Humane Society of the US, formerly of Friends of Animals and Fund for

"My goal is the abolition of all animal agriculture." JP Goodwin, employed at the Humane Society of the US, formerly at Coalition to Abolish the Fur Trade, as quoted on AR-Views, an animal rights Internet discussion group in 1996.

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Galadriel   Lothlorien, CA

7/30/2009 10:42:18 PM

I'm of two minds with this. California wants to ban all intact dogs.

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Shelley   Bakersfield, CA

7/30/2009 7:36:50 PM

Calif. is working on this also!! I hope it becomes law here!!!!

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Jenn   Wheaton, IL

7/30/2009 12:15:29 PM

Me too!

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