Assemblyman John Ceretto, R-I-Lewiston, this week helped pass legislation to penalize commercial pet dealers who failed three consecutive inspections or three state inspections over a three-year period. Ceretto noted that the bill is intended to improve the health of animals sold at pet stores and to ensure that unscrupulous pet dealers have their licenses revoked.
"As lawmakers we must continue to work at passing legislation to protect the health and well-being of our pets," Ceretto said. "This bill will help to ensure that pet dealers act in a responsible manner and put in place stronger penalties for heartless pet dealers who would rather run their businesses like puppy mills instead of pet shops."
Under the legislation, pet dealers who fail three inspections by state regulators will have to go before a hearing to determine whether their licenses will be suspended or revoked as well as face other penalties determined by the commissioner of the Department of Agriculture and Markets.