Message from TX-RPOA

>From RPOA Texas Outreach and
Responsible Pet Owners Alliance
Crossposting is encouraged.
October 4, 2012

Responsible Pet Owners Alliance is officially the AKC State Federation for Texas although we’ve expanded over the past 20 years to include all dog and cat registries and all animal owners in our efforts to counter the Animal Rights Extremists’ Agenda. Some of you have already received this AKC message below but others did not! Thank you, AKC!

From AKC: Texas Breeders: Take Action Against Costly Law

Texas Breeders: Take Action Against Costly Law

(Wednesday, October 03, 2012)

On September 1, 2012, the licensing requirements of the Texas Dog and Cat Breeder Act went into effect. The American Kennel Club (AKC) and
many responsible dog breeders and owners in Texas are troubled with several aspects of the licensing and oversight program. Concerned Texas
residents are encouraged to contact their state legislators and make them aware, as they begin preparing for the 2013 legislative session, of
the inefficacy and drain the act is likely to have on the Texas economy.

In 2011, Texas House Bill 1451 was enacted as a no-cost means of providing oversight and regulation of hundreds of Texas dog breeders. All costs of administering and enforcing the statute were to be funded by revenues generated from licensing fees. Other, peripheral costs relating to promotion of consumer awareness, education seminars and training activities, and payments (bounties) for information resulting in disciplinary action against unlicensed breeders were to be funded by donations and penalty fees deposited in the statutory Training and Enforcement Account.

At this time there are a number of indications that the program’s revenues will fall far short of sustainable levels. Currently, only 87 breeder licenses have been issued by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR). This number is far short of the estimated 600 licenses required to cover the estimated $565,000 basic operational costs of the program. Instead, with a total number of issued licenses making up less than 15% of the number required for the program to be considered cost-neutral, the program will likely become a fiscal drain
on Texas’ state budget.

In addition to failing to bring the estimated number of breeders into the oversight program, any positive impact on the lives of Texas’ dogs and cats may be negligible. Perhaps most significant was the recent resignation of a veterinarian member of the Licensed Breeder Advisory Committee, who after working diligently to develop the program rules for many months, expressed disappointment (here)
that responsible breeders were being disproportionately impacted while animal welfare was not being appropriately improved.

Concerned Texas residents are encouraged to contact their state legislators before they return to Austin for the 2013 biennial legislative session. Politely but strongly alert them to the program’s potentially high revenue shortfalls, its non-compliance with the zero-cost statutory mandate, and its ineffectiveness in improving animal welfare standards in Texas’ dog and cat kennels.

To locate your Texas state legislators, go to

For a sample e-mail and more information to use when contacting legislators,

For more information, contact AKC’s Government Relations Department at
(919) 816-3720, or e-mail

~ by topcatsroar on October 5, 2012.

One Response to “Message from TX-RPOA”

  1. Recently there were almost 100 purebred, high dollar dogs dumped near a shelter. Most likely this was done by 2 breeders (there were 2 different breeds) who couldn’t afford the licence or fines or fees. If they had taken them in person to the shelter, they would have faced felonies. They still can face all sorts of charges if they get caught. So it seems this law is out to make felons of people who are good, quality breeders. Breeding purebred dogs/cats IS NOT the money tree so many like to claim it is. A good breeder does it for the love of the breed & desire to provide quality animals of that breed. If I should choose to have a purebred dog/cat of specific bloodlines & to know it didn’t have certain genetic illnesses, I would go to a quality breeder. But this law in Texas will make it hard for breeders to remain in TX, at least law abiding breeders & they will be forced to pass on extra costs to those purchasing the dog/cat. I forsee many breeders will either stop breeding or make the costly move out of TX. This is neither good for the animals, the people, or the state of TX. I also bet there will be many more purebred animals dumped at night near shelters by people who could loose their homes, face jail time, & high dollar penalties if they get caught with more than the allowed number of animals. This is very poor law making with a limited point of view by TX.

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