Proposed Legislation Targeting Animal Abuse

Since the inception of the state's Animal Abuser Registration Act in 2015, Tennessee continues the mission to address prevailing concerns in defense of animals. Lawmakers have further taken aim at animal abuse, with several bills addressing areas of importance to advocates. Here is some noteworthy legislation to keep an eye on this year.
 
HB1713/SB1698 Expands the requirement that sellers of dogs and cats be licensed to include sellers who sell to individuals and not just sellers who sell at flea markets, who sell for resale, or who sell for research purposes; establishes application and renewal fees of $125 for sellers of dogs and cats who sell to individuals. Amends TCA Title 44, Chapter 17, Part 1.
 
HB1909/SB1689 Applies the criminal offense of animal cruelty to the restraint of a dog with a chain, cord, tether, cable, or similar device while a disaster is imminent or occurring. Amends TCA Title 39 and Title 44, Chapter 17.
 
HB0265/SB0282 Requires registration with the department to operate as a commercial dog breeder; creates inspection requirements for commercial dog breeders; creates Class A misdemeanor offense for a person to knowingly operate as a commercial dog breeder without being registered. Amends TCA Title 62.
 
HB0635/SB0624 Increases from 90 to 100 days the length of time that a licensed dog and cat dealer must wait before applying for reinstatement of the dealer's license following suspension. Amends TCA Title 39, Chapter 14, Part 2; Title 40, Chapter 39, Part 1; Title 44; Title 47, Chapter 18; Title 56 and Title 63, Chapter 12.
 
HB1581/SB1704 Expands the list of animals recognized as state pets to include any animal adopted from an animal shelter or rescue facility instead of only dogs and cats so adopted. Amends TCA Title 4, Chapter 1, Part 3.
 
HB2288/SB2154 Changes licensing classification from veterinary technician to veterinary nurse. Amends TCA Title 38, Chapter 1; Title 44, Chapter 17 and Title 63, Chapter 12.
 
Click here for up-to-date progress on each.
 
 
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