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APHIS, Animal Care Update. The Animal Welfare Act How did it come to exist? July 1965 “Pepper” the Dalmatian Protection of pet owner loss and assurance.

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1 APHIS, Animal Care Update

2 The Animal Welfare Act How did it come to exist? July 1965 “Pepper” the Dalmatian Protection of pet owner loss and assurance of humane treatment by dealers

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4 The Animal Welfare Act “Blue book” “Blue book” Animal Welfare Act Animal Welfare Act Animal Welfare Regulations Animal Welfare Regulations

5 PART 3- STANDARDS PART 3 – STANDARDS PART 3 – STANDARDS Subpart A – Specifications for the Humane Handling, Care, Treatment, and Transportation of Dogs and Cats Subpart A – Specifications for the Humane Handling, Care, Treatment, and Transportation of Dogs and Cats FACILITIES AND OPERATING STANDARDS FACILITIES AND OPERATING STANDARDS § 3.1 Housing facilities, general § 3.1 Housing facilities, general § 3.2 Indoor housing facilities § 3.2 Indoor housing facilities § 3.3 Sheltered housing facilities § 3.3 Sheltered housing facilities § 3.4 Outdoor housing facilities § 3.4 Outdoor housing facilities § 3.5 Mobile or traveling housing facilities § 3.5 Mobile or traveling housing facilities § 3.6 Primary enclosures § 3.6 Primary enclosures

6 Animal Care Responsibilities Enforcement of the Animal Welfare Act Breeders Breeders Dealers Dealers Exhibitors Exhibitors Research Facilities Research Facilities Transporters and Intermediate Handlers Transporters and Intermediate Handlers Enforcement of the Horse Protection Act Emergency Response

7 Animal Care

8 National Staffing 2 Regional Offices 120 Inspector Positions 13 Field Supervisors Headquarters Center for Animal Welfare

9 The Current Number of Class A & B USDA Licensed Dog Dealers in Iowa: A with dogs B with dogs - 20

10 Current Number of USDA Employees in Iowa 1 Veterinarian 4 Animal Care Inspectors 1 Compliance Specialist

11 Latest and Greatest Appeals Process Appeals Process Retail Pet Rule Retail Pet Rule Dog Import Rule Dog Import Rule

12 Updated Appeal Process AC has formed 2 appeal teams AC has formed 2 appeal teams All appeals will go to one of the 2 teams All appeals will go to one of the 2 teams The ruling of that appeal will be final The ruling of that appeal will be final

13 13 9 CFR Chapter I, Subchapter A, Part 1, 1.1 Definition of Terms A place of business or residence at which the seller, buyer, and the animal available for sale are physically present so that every buyer may personally observe the animal available for sale prior to purchasing and/or taking custody of that animal after purchase and where only (certain animals) are sold or offered for sale, at retail, for use as pets… Definition of a Retail Pet Store Retail Pet Store Final Rule

14 14 “ Examples of Regulated Animals” Dogs Cats Rabbits Hamsters Guinea Pigs Gophers Domestic Ferrets Chinchillas Gerbils Retail Pet Store Final Rule

15 15 If you already have a license, you don’t need another one. By personally observing the animal, the buyer is exercising public oversight over the animal and in this way is helping to ensure its health and humane treatment. Face to Face Sales Retail Pet Store Final Rule

16 16 If you already have a license, you don’t need another one. Retailers who sell their pet animals to customers only in face-to-face transactions do not have to obtain an AWA license because their animals are subject to such public oversight. Face to Face Sales Retail Pet Store Final Rule

17 17 Working dogs = dogs with full time jobs. Breeders that sell working dogs at retail do not need a license. Working dogs are generally understood to be dogs that are not sold for use as pets but for purposes such as herding, guarding, racing, sledding, service, therapy, hunting, breeding, and security. Working Dogs Retail Pet Store Final Rule

18 18 State, county, and/or city owned and operated pounds, shelters, as well as humane societies and other organizations that operate under a contract with those jurisdictions are not regulated under the AWA. Shelters and Pounds Retail Pet Store Final Rule

19 19  You ship to buyer sight-unseen—Yes  Buyer comes to your house—No  You meet the buyer at designated location—No  You sell only security dogs—No If you are unsure if you need a license, describe your business in writing and submit it to your Regional Office. Do I really need a license? Retail Pet Store Final Rule It all depends on the way you do business.

20 Importation of Live Dogs The regulation “Importation of Live Dogs” was published August 18, The regulation “Importation of Live Dogs” was published August 18, Dogs imported into the United States for resale must be: Dogs imported into the United States for resale must be: (A) Six months of age (B) Vaccinated (C) In good health And have an import permit issued by Animal Care And have an import permit issued by Animal Care

21 Importation of Live Dogs There are exceptions to the six months of age, vaccination, and good health requirements for dogs imported into the United States: There are exceptions to the six months of age, vaccination, and good health requirements for dogs imported into the United States: Veterinary treatment Research. The effective date for the rule is November 17, The effective date for the rule is November 17, 2014.

22 AC Website Current issues and notices Current issues and notices AWA, regulations, policies and other publications AWA, regulations, policies and other publications Lists of licensees and registrants Lists of licensees and registrants View inspection reports View inspection reports Print and/or order forms (including app kits) Print and/or order forms (including app kits) Horse Protection Information Horse Protection Information Links to related sites Links to related sites FOIA requests and E-FOIA link FOIA requests and E-FOIA link File a facility complaint File a facility complaint Pet evacuation and sheltering info Pet evacuation and sheltering info


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