Georgia Legislation Would Regulate Commercial Dog Breeders

Georgia Senate Bill 303 would set standards for commercial dog breeders, including requirements for housing, bedding, outdoor access, veterinary care, grooming, breeding, euthanasia, disposal, and record-keeping. The bill would prohibit breeding female dogs more than once per year and require commercial breeders to sterilize all dogs by 5 years of age. Under the proposed regulations, “commercial breeder” would be defined as “any person or business entity possessing more than two dogs who breeds such dogs in order to sell or barter their progeny.”