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Introduced by Representatives Milkey of Brattleboro, Branagan of Georgia, French of Randolph, Klein of East Montpelier, Lenes of Shelburne, Manwaring of Wilmington, McAllister of Highgate, Minter of Waterbury, Morrissey of Bennington and Nuovo of Middlebury

Referred to Committee on


Subject:  Internal security; welfare of animals; dog breeders; regulation; licensing

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to regulate commercial dog breeders in Vermont.


It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1.  20 V.S.A. § 3681 is amended to read:

§ 3681.  PERMIT

(a)  The owner or keeper of two or more domestic pets or wolf-hybrids four months of age or older kept for sale or for breeding purposes, except for his or her own use, shall apply to the municipal clerk of the town or city municipality in which the domestic pets or wolf-hybrids are kept for a kennel permit to be issued on forms prescribed by the commissioner and pay the clerk a fee of $10.00 for the same.  The provisions of subchapters 1, 2, and 4 of this chapter not inconsistent with this subchapter, shall apply to the permit which shall be in addition to other permits required.  A kennel permit shall expire on March 31 next after following issuance, and shall be displayed prominently on the premises on which the domestic pets or wolf-hybrids are kept.  If the permit fee is not paid by April 1, the owner or keeper may thereafter procure a permit for that license year by paying a fee of 50 percent in excess of that otherwise required.  Municipal clerks shall maintain a record of the type of animals being kept by the permit holder.

(b)  Notwithstanding subsection (a) of this section, no kennel permit shall be issued or renewed to any person who sells 20 or more litters of domestic dogs or wolf-hybrids in any 12-month period or 100 or more domestic dogs or wolf‑hybrids in any 12-month period.  This provision shall not apply to nonprofit animal welfare activities performed by an animal shelter as defined in subdivision 3901(5) of this title.

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont