Pet Dealer and Breeder
Dealer Br George E. Pataki
Licensing Pr ogram Governor,
New York State
The first phase of the New York State
Pet Dealer and Breeder Licensing Program, set
forth in the General Business Law, Article
35-D, the Sale of Dogs and Cats, became Nathan L. Rudgers Answers
effective February 12, 2001. This phase Commissioner,
requires disclosure of information to consumers New York State
who purchase dogs and/or cats and mandates Department of Agriculture & Markets
examination of each dog by a veterinarian prior
to the sale.
Teresa A. Santiago
The second phase of the program,
set forth in the Agriculture and Markets Law, Chairperson & Executive Director,
Article 26-A, Care of Animals by Pet Dealers, New York State
became effective July, 1, 2002. In addition to Consumer Protection Board
the requirements from the first phase, the
second phase requires annual inspections and
licensure of pet dealers and breeders.
According to the General Business
Law, Article 35-D, the Sale of Dogs and Cats,
the consumer has the following options within About the
14 days of the sale of the dog or cat:
1) The right to return the dog or cat and New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets New York
receive a refund of the purchase price
including sales tax.
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2) The right to return the dog or cat and to Albany, NY 12235
receive another dog or cat of equivalent value.
3) The right to retain the dog or cat and to
1-800-554-4501 Pet Dealer
receive reimbursement from a pet dealer for
veterinary services from a licensed veterinarian
of the consumers’ choosing, for the purpose of
curing or attempting to cure the dog or cat.
The value of the services rendered to cure or
New York State Consumer Protection Board
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attempt to cure the dog or cat shall not exceed
the purchase price of same. The refund/ Albany, NY 12223
reimbursement shall be made by the pet dealer New York State
no later than 10 days after receipt of signed Consumer Protection Board
veterinarian certification as required. www.nysconsumer.gov New York State
Department of Agriculture & Markets
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
What is the Pet Who is required to What are the
Dealer and Breeder be licensed and how requirements for Pet
Licensing Program? often are they inspected? Dealers and Breeders?
The New York Any person, firm, corporation, Pet dealers and breeders must
State Pet Dealer partnership or other association that sells more demonstrate adequate housing,
and Breeder than nine dogs and/or cats per year directly to veterinary care for the animals and
Licensing the public is required to be licensed. Two disclosure of information regarding a
Program requires exemptions apply: duly incorporated humane dog's or cat's medical history.
annual inspection societies and breeders selling less than twenty- Pet dealers and breeders are not
and licensure of five dogs and/or cats born and raised on the allowed to sell dogs or cats less than eight
pet dealers and breeders' residential premises.* weeks of age and they must use their
breeding facilities Licensed Pet dealers and breeders are New York State license number in their
that sell dogs and/ subject to an annual inspection by the New advertisements.
or cats to the public. Licensed facilities are York State Department of Agriculture and
inspected and rated satisfactory or Markets. Pet dealers and breeders may be
unsatisfactory in the following categories: subject to additional inspections during the
housing; advertising; sanitation; feeding and course of one year if a consumer complaint is
watering; required posted license and received and deemed warranted for
notices; handling; records of veterinary care; investigation by the Department.
and records of purchases and sales.
What to look for when selecting What to look for when Call the Division of Animal Industry
a Pet Dealer: selecting a Breeder: at the New York State Department
• Has the pet store been licensed and
• Has the breeder been licensed and of Agriculture and Markets at 1-800-
inspected by the Department of 554-4501 if you have a concern
• Is the store sanitary and clean? Agriculture and Markets? relating to housing, veterinary care
• Do the animals appear healthy? (*Note exemptions above) or sanitation.
• Does the pet dealer have their license
displayed at their facility and are they • Will the breeder allow you access to Visit our web site at
using their license number in their the facility? www.agmkt.state.ny.us
advertisements? • Is the facility sanitary and clean? for more information.