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Statute Text

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Article - Business Regulation
§19–703.   
(a)   A retail pet store that sells dogs shall:
(1)   post conspicuously on each dog’s cage:
(i)   the breed, age, and date of birth of the dog, if known;
(ii)   if obtained from a breeder or dealer, the state in which the breeder and, if applicable, the dealer of the dog is located;
(iii)   if obtained from a breeder or dealer, the United States Department of Agriculture license number of the breeder and, if applicable, the dealer;
(iv)   if obtained from an animal control unit, the name of the animal control unit; and
(v)   if obtained from an animal welfare organization, the name of the animal welfare organization and the organization’s federal tax identification number;
(2)   post conspicuously on each dog’s cage or, if the posting would block viewing the dog in the cage, near the dog’s cage, if obtained from a breeder or dealer, the final inspection reports for the breeder and, if applicable, the dealer, issued by the United States Department of Agriculture from the 2 years immediately before the date the pet store received the dog;
(3)    maintain a written record that includes the following information about each dog in the possession of the retail pet store:
(i)   the breed, age, and date of birth of the dog, if known;
(ii)   the sex, color, and any identifying markings of the dog;
(iii)   documentation of all inoculations, worming treatments, and other medical treatments, if known, including the date of the medical treatment, the diagnoses, and the name and title of the treatment provider;
(iv)   if obtained from a breeder or dealer, the name and address of:
1.   the breeder and, if applicable, the dealer who supplied the dog;
2.   the facility where the dog was born; and
3.   the transporter or carrier of the dog, if any;
(v)   if obtained from a breeder or dealer, the United States Department of Agriculture license number of the breeder and, if applicable, the dealer;
(vi)   if obtained from a breeder or dealer, the final inspection reports issued by the United States Department of Agriculture from the 2 years immediately before the date the pet store received the dog;
(vii)   if obtained from an animal control unit, the name and address of the animal control unit;
(viii)   if obtained from an animal welfare organization, the name and address of the animal welfare organization;
(ix)   any identifier information, including a tag, tattoo, collar number, or microchip; and
(x)   if the dog is being sold as registered or registrable:
1.   the names and registration numbers of the sire and dam; and
2.   the litter number; and
(4)   for each dog acquired by the retail pet store, maintain a written record of the health, status, and disposition of the dog, including any documents that are required at the time of sale.
(b)   A retail pet store shall maintain a copy of the records required under subsection (a)(3) of this section for at least 2 years after the date of sale of the dog.
(c)   A retail pet store shall make the records required under subsection (a)(3) of this section available to:
(1)   the Division of Consumer Protection of the Office of the Attorney General on reasonable notice;
(2)   any bona fide prospective purchaser on request;
(3)   the purchaser at the time of a sale; and
(4)   an animal control unit.