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Regulations for animal shelters could come from the Ag Commissioner’s office #billoftheday

By: Sarah Ulmer - February 4, 2019

This bill of the day would require any shelter, pet breeder, stable or kennel who are operating in the state of Mississippi, be provided adequate licensure after a proper evaluation by the Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce, which is currently Andy Gipson.

The bill, SB 2101, authored by Senator Dearing would put more safeguards in place to ensure that kennels and shelters are being operated in an appropriate and lawful way. It would also add a misdemeanor for individuals in violation of the standards.

The bill reads:

It shall be unlawful for any person to act as a pet dealer or operate a kennel, stable, or animal shelter unless the person has a valid license issued by the Commissioner of Agriculture. Any person acting without a license in violation of this act shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.

The licenses are only applicable for one year and must be renewed yearly. There can also be separate classes of licenses depending on the primary operating functions of the shelter or kennel.

The Commissioner, or his designated agents are under the authority to enter and inspect the kennel/shelter at any time and revoke or suspend a license if it is not being operated up to code.

The bill was referred to the Agriculture and Judiciary B Committees.

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Sarah Ulmer

Sarah is a Mississippi native, born and raised in Madison. She is a graduate of Mississippi State University, where she studied Communications, with an emphasis in Broadcasting and Journalism. Sarah’s experience spans multiple mediums, including extensive videography with both at home and overseas, broadcasting daily news, and hosting a live radio show. In 2017, Sarah became a member of the Capitol Press Corp in Mississippi and has faithfully covered the decisions being made by leaders on some of the most important issues facing our state. Email Sarah:
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