Ulster lawmakers to look at pet dealer licensing law
William J. Kemble is reporting in the Daily Freeman Ulster County lawmakers expect to hold a public hearing next month on a new law that would require pet sellers to check the animal abuse registry before an animal is sold. “It’s part of a two-part local law from last year,” said county Chairman Ken Ronk. Part one created the animal abuse registry, Ronk said. “If you’re convicted of an animal abuse crime you go on this registry for 15 years and you can’t buy a [cat or] dog," he said. Part two is the pet dealer licensing law. That measure would prohibit licensed pet dealers from selling a dog to someone on the registry. Any stores or breeders that sell nine or more dogs or cats a year, or breed three or more litters of dogs or cats are subject to the new law. The law also addresses the minimum standards of care for animals being kept by pet sellers, in both indoor and outdoor facilities. Read the full story in the Daily Freeman.