MD Law to License and Track Commercial Dog Breeders

S.B. 839 sponsored by Maryland state Sen. Lisa A. Gladden, has passed both the Senate and the House of Delegates unanimously.

This bill will in addition to current kennel licensing requirements, provide anyone with 15 or more dogs kept for breeding and sale of their offspring and who sells dogs from 6 or more litters each year, must obtain a local kennel license.

The counties are to collect the licensing information and report the information to the state Dept. of Labor, Licensing and Regulation. Counties can impose fees to cover the cost and also can enact more stringent licensing requirements.   

H.B. 940 is the House of Delegates version.