Texas House of Representatives passed “commercial
On Tuesday, May 12, the Texas House of Representatives
passed House Bill 3180. The bill was amended on the floor of the
House of Representatives prior to passage with the following
· First, the bill’s definition of “commercial breeder” was
changed to mean “a person who possesses adult intact female
animals that produce 20 or more litters in one calendar year and
is engaged in the business of breeding animals for direct or
indirect sale or for exchange in return for consideration.” The
definition formerly established the commercial breeder threshold
at ‘possessing 11 or more intact female animals.’
· Second, the bill now requires registered breeder inspectors to
be both certified and employed by the Department of Licensing
and Regulation. The previous version of the bill did not require
such inspectors to be employed by the Department.
· Third, the bill now prohibits commercial breeders from
selling, trading, or giving away an animal before the animal is
six weeks of age. The previous version of the bill prohibited
selling, trading, or giving away an animal before the animal
reached eight weeks of age.
· Fourth, the bill now limits the amount that a ‘dealer’ has to
reimburse consumers of an animal ‘unfit for sale’ for paid
reasonable veterinary fees to not more than 300 percent of the
purchase price of the animal. The previous version of the bill
did not limit the amount of recovery.
HB 3180 has been sent to the Senate for its consideration of the
bill. The American Kennel Club remains opposed to HB 3180 for
its many problematic provisions, including the dog ownership
limit imposed upon commercial breeder licensees. (For a copy of
the amended version of the bill that passed the House of
Representatives, click here.) The Government Relations
Department will continue to monitor the progress of HB 3180, and
will report developments as they warrant.