During the 2014 legislative session a law was passed requiring commercial dog and cat breeders to be licensed and inspected by the Minnesota Board of Animal Health. The purpose of this new program is to protect the health and well-being of dogs and cats that are kept and produced by commercial breeders. A commercial breeder is defined in the law as a person who possesses or has an ownership interest in animals and is engaged in the business of breeding animals for sale or for exchange in return for consideration, and who possesses ten or more adult intact animals and whose animals produce more than five total litters of puppies or kittens per year.
Though the program is in its infancy, there are a few things that commercial dog and cat breeders can do to get started.
From July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015, commercial breeders need to complete a one-time registration with the Board. Register by sending us your completed Commercial Dog and Cat Breeder Application form. Additionally, a one-time fee of $50 must be submitted to the Board. This fee can be paid by sending a check or money order, payable to the Minnesota Board of Animal Health, to: 625 Robert Street North, St. Paul, MN 55155.
During the first 12 months of the program, commercial dog or cat breeders may also elect to skip the registration process and become fully licensed right away. To become fully licensed, the facility owner must submit a license application accompanied by the initial license fee. The fee for full licensure is $10 per adult intact animal (minimum of $100) up to a maximum of $250. Then, a commercial breeding facility must be inspected by a Board of Animal Health representative and meet all the requirements of the new laws.
The initial license period will be from the date the application is approved until July 1, 2016. Application forms and instructions may be found on the Board of Animal Health website or may be requested by calling the Board at (651) 201-6810.
Beginning July 1, 2015, licensure becomes mandatory and a commercial dog or cat breeder must obtain an annual license from the Board for each facility it owns or operates in Minnesota.
This is a new program for the Board of Animal Health and commercial dog and cat breeders in Minnesota. You can read the inspection supplement to learn more about what the program will involve.
The Board is committed to carrying out its mission to safeguard the health of domestic animals in Minnesota. We have worked with livestock farmers for over a century to eradicate disease and enforce regulations that help keep animals healthy. We are fully confident that Minnesota’s commercial dog and cat breeders will continue the tradition of animal owners and animal health officials working together towards a common goal.