ASSEMBLY, No. 3645

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

217th LEGISLATURE

 

INTRODUCED APRIL 14, 2016

 


 

Sponsored by:

Assemblyman  JOSEPH A. LAGANA

District 38 (Bergen and Passaic)

Assemblywoman  NANCY J. PINKIN

District 18 (Middlesex)

Assemblyman  DANIEL R. BENSON

District 14 (Mercer and Middlesex)

Assemblywoman  PAMELA R. LAMPITT

District 6 (Burlington and Camden)

Assemblywoman  HOLLY SCHEPISI

District 39 (Bergen and Passaic)

Assemblyman  RAJ MUKHERJI

District 33 (Hudson)

 

Co-Sponsored by:

Assemblyman Conaway

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

     Requires breeders or other providers of dogs to pet shops to certify compliance with DOH breeding and care regulations; prohibits pet shop sale of dogs without certification; requires inspections and reallocation of dog license revenues to fund enforcement.

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

     As introduced.

  


An Act concerning the sale of dogs by pet shops, amending P.L.1941, c.151 and P.L.1999, c.336, and supplementing P.L.1960, c.39 (C.56:8-92 et seq.).

 

     Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

 

     1.  (New section)  a.  As a condition of the sale or transfer of a dog within or into the State, any breeder or owner or operator of a business providing dogs to pet shops in the State shall submit a certification to the Department of Health, pursuant to subsection c. of this section, that the breeder or the owner or operator of the business providing dogs to pet shops is in compliance with the rules and regulations adopted pursuant to subsection c. of this section.

     b.  No pet shop shall sell or offer to sell any dog unless the pet shop has obtained from the breeder or the owner or operator of a business providing dogs to pet shops a copy of the certification submitted pursuant to subsection a. of this section.

     c.  The Department of Health, in consultation with the Division of Consumer Affairs in the Department of Law and Public Safety, shall adopt, pursuant to the "Administrative Procedure Act," P.L.1968, c.410 (C.52:14B-1 et seq.), rules and regulations establishing proper breeding practices and standards of care for female dogs and puppies at any facility used for the breeding or housing of dogs.  These rules and regulations shall specify, at a minimum, that a female dog shall not be bred more than once every 365 days, and shall establish the procedures and requirements for the certification of compliance required to be submitted by any breeder or owner or operator of a business providing dogs to pet shops in the State pursuant to this section.

 

     2.  (New section)  a.  In addition to the prohibitions and requirements established pursuant to section 3 of P.L.2015, c.7 (C.56:8-95.1), it shall be unlawful for any pet shop licensed pursuant to section 8 of P.L.1941, c.151 (C.4:19-15.8) to sell or offer for sale any dog that:

     (1) does not have the animal history and health certificate required pursuant to subsection b. of section 4 of P.L.1999, c.336 (C.56:8-95); or

     (2) originated at a breeder or other business providing dogs to pet shops that has not filed with the Department of Health the certification required pursuant to section 1 of P.L.   , c.    (C.        ) (pending before the Legislature as this bill).

     b.  Notwithstanding any provision of subsection a. of this section to the contrary, a pet shop may sell or offer for sale any dog obtained by the pet shop directly from a shelter, pound, or animal rescue organization.

     c.     The Department of Health or, if so authorized by the department, the local health authority in the municipality where the pet shop is licensed, shall inspect each pet shop within 30 days after it opens for business, and once every 90 days thereafter, to determine if the pet shop is in compliance with the requirements of this section.  During each inspection, the department or local health authority, as applicable, shall review the documentation for each dog at the pet shop, determine if the information on the animal history and health certificate is complete and complies with the requirements of subsection a. of this section.

     d.    Any person who violates the provisions of this section, or any rule or regulation adopted pursuant thereto, shall be subject to a civil penalty of up to $1,000.  The court may also, at its discretion, suspend recommend that the license of the pet shop be suspended or revoked pursuant to section 8 of P.L.1941, c.151 (C.4:19-15.8).  The penalties established pursuant to this subsection may be collected in a civil action by a summary proceeding under the "Penalty Enforcement Law of 1999," P.L.1999, c.274 (C.2A:58-10 et seq.).  The Superior Court or municipal court shall have jurisdiction to enforce the provisions of the "Penalty Enforcement Law of 1999" pursuant to this section. 

 

     3.  Section 8 of P.L.1941, c.151 (C.4:19-15.8) is amended to read as follows:

     8.  a.  Any person who keeps or operates or proposes to establish a kennel, a pet shop, a shelter or a pound shall apply to the clerk or other official designated to license dogs in the municipality where such establishment is located, for a license entitling [him] the applicant to keep or operate such establishment.

     The application shall describe the premises where the establishment is located or is proposed to be located, the purpose or purposes for which it is to be maintained, and shall be accompanied by the written approval of the local municipal and health authorities showing compliance with the local and State rules and regulations governing location of and sanitation at such establishments, section 1 of P.L.    , c.     (C.      ) (pending before the Legislature as this bill), and any rules or regulations adopted pursuant thereto.

     b.    All licenses issued for a kennel, pet shop, shelter, or pound shall state the purpose for which the establishment is maintained, and all licenses shall expire on the last day of June of each year, and be subject to revocation by the municipality on recommendation of the Department of Health or the local board of health for failure to comply with the rules and regulations of the State department or local board governing the same, after the owner has been afforded a hearing by either the State department or local board, except as provided in subsection c. of this section.

     Any person holding a license shall not be required to secure individual licenses for dogs owned by a licensee and kept at the establishments; the licenses shall not be transferable to another owner or different premises.

     c.     The license for a pet shop shall be subject to review by the municipality, upon recommendation by :

     (1)   the Department of Health or the local health authority for failure by the pet shop to comply with the rules and regulations of the State department or local health authority governing pet shops;

     (2)  a  court, the department, or the local health authority for violation of section 1 of P.L.   , c.   (C.        ) (pending before the Legislature as this bill); or

     (3)   by the municipality if the pet shop meets the criteria for recommended suspension or revocation provided under subsection c. or d. of section 5 of P.L.1999, c.336 (C.56:8-96), after the owner of the pet shop has been afforded a hearing pursuant to subsection e. of section 5 of P.L.1999, c.336 (C.56:8-96).

     The municipality, based on the criteria for the recommendation of the local health authority provided under subsections c. and d. of section 5 of P.L.1999, c.336 (C.56:8-96), may suspend the license for 90 days or may revoke the license if it is determined at the hearing that the pet shop: (1) failed to maintain proper hygiene and exercise reasonable care in safeguarding the health of animals in its custody or (2) sold a substantial number of animals that the pet shop knew, or reasonably should have known, to be unfit for purchase.

     d.    The municipality may issue a license for a pet shop that permits the pet shop to sell pet supplies for all types of animals, including cats and dogs, and sell animals other than cats and dogs but restricts the pet shop from selling cats or dogs, or both.

     e.     Every pet shop licensed in the State shall submit annually and no later than May 1 of each year records of the total number of cats and dogs, respectively, sold by the pet shop each year to the municipality in which it is located, and the municipality shall provide this information to the local health authority.

(cf:  P.L.2012, c.17, s.5)

 

     4.  Section 11 of P.L.1941, c.151 (C.4:19-15.11) is amended to read as follows:

     11.  License fees and other moneys collected or received under the provisions of  sections 3, 8, 9 and 16 of [this act, except] P.L.1941, c.151 (C.4:19-15.3, C.4:19-15.8, C.4:19-15.9, and C.4:19-15.16), including one third of registration tag fees, shall be  forwarded to the treasurer of the municipality within 30 days after collection  or receipt and shall be placed in a special account separate from any of the  other accounts of the municipality and shall be used for the following purposes only[;] :  for collecting, keeping and disposing of dogs liable to seizure under  this act or under local dog control ordinances; for inspecting pet shops for compliance with P.L.   , c.   (C.     ) (pending before the Legislature as this bill); for local prevention and  control of rabies;  for providing antirabic treatment under the direction of  the local board of health for any person known or suspected to have been  exposed to rabies, for payment of damage to or losses of poultry and domestic  animals, except dogs and cats, caused by a dog or dogs and for administering  the provisions of this act.  Any unexpended balance remaining in such special  account shall be retained therein until the end of the third fiscal year  following and may be used for any of the purposes set forth in this section.   At the end of the said third fiscal year following, and at the end of each  fiscal year thereafter, there shall be transferred from such special account to  the general funds of the municipality any amount then in such account which is  in excess of the total amount paid into said special account during the last 2  fiscal years next preceding.

   [The] Two thirds of the registration tag fee for each dog shall be forwarded within 30 days after collection by the clerk or other official designated to license dogs to the [State] Department of Health which department shall forward said sum to the State Treasurer who shall place all such moneys in a special account for use only by the [State] Department of Health in administering [this act] P.L.1941, c.151, P.L.   , c.   (C.     ) (pending before the Legislature as this bill), and for the prevention and control of rabies throughout the State, and such account is hereby declared to be a trust fund not subject to legislative appropriation. At the end of the third fiscal year following the adoption of this act and at the end of each fiscal year thereafter, there shall be withdrawn from this trust fund and transferred to the general funds of the State any amount then in  such fund which is in excess of the total amount paid into such fund during the  last 2 fiscal years next preceding.

(cf:  P.L.1981, c. 235, s. 3)

 

     5.  Section 4 of P.L.1999, c.336 (C.56:8-95) is amended to read as follows:

     4.  a.  Notwithstanding the provisions of any rule or regulation adopted pursuant to Title 56 of the Revised Statutes as such provisions are applied to pet shops, and without limiting the prosecution of any other practices which may be unlawful pursuant to Title 56 of the Revised Statutes, it shall be [a deceptive] an unlawful practice and a violation of P.L.1960, c.39 (C.56:8-1 et seq.) for any owner or operator of a pet shop, or employee thereof, to sell animals within the State without complying with the provisions and requirements of this section, section 1 of P.L.   , c.    (C.        ) (pending before the Legislature as this bill), and section 3 of P.L.2015, c.7 (C.56:8-95.1).

     b.    Each cat or dog sold or offered for sale by a pet shop shall be accompanied by its animal history and health certificate which shall include at a minimum:

     (1)   The date and place of birth of each animal, and the actual age, or approximate age as established by a veterinarian, of the animal;

     (2)   The sex, color markings, and other identifying information of the animal, including any tag, tattoo, collar number, or microchip information;

     (3)   The first and last name of the breeder of the animal, the full street address of where the breeder is doing business, an email address, if available, by which to contact the breeder, the breeder's USDA license number, and, if the breeder is required to be licensed in the state in which the breeder is located, the breeder's state license number;

     (4)   The name and address of any veterinarian attending to the animal, the dates of any care or treatment provided, including any vaccines administered to the cat or dog and the dates of administration thereof, and the dates of examination of the animal; and

     (5)   if a female dog, each date on which the female dog was bred and each date on which the female birthed puppies or miscarried.

     Within five days prior to the offering for sale of any animal, the owner or operator of a pet shop, or employee thereof, shall have the animal examined by a veterinarian licensed to practice in the State.  The name and address of the examining veterinarian, together with the findings made and treatment, if any, ordered as a result of the examination, shall be noted on the animal history and health certificate for [each] the animal as required by this subsection and regulations adopted pursuant to Title 56 of the Revised Statutes.  If 14 days have passed since the last veterinarian examination of the animal, the owner or operator of the pet shop, or employee thereof, shall have the animal reexamined by a veterinarian licensed to practice in the State as provided for in subsection g. of this section, except as otherwise provided in that subsection.

     c.     Every pet shop offering animals for sale shall post, in a conspicuous location on the cage or enclosure for each animal in the cage or enclosure, a sign declaring:

     (1)   The date and place of birth of each animal, and the actual age, or approximate age as established by a veterinarian, of the animal;

     (2)   The sex, color markings, and other identifying information of the animal, including any tag, tattoo, collar number, or microchip information;

     (3)   The name and address of the veterinarian attending to the animal while the animal is in the custody of the pet shop, and the date of the initial examination of the animal;

     (4)   The first and last name of the breeder of the animal, the full street address of where the breeder is doing business, an email address, if available, by which to contact the breeder, the breeder's USDA license number, and, if the breeder is required to be licensed in the state in which the breeder is located, the breeder's state license number;

     (5)   If the broker is different from the breeder, the first and last name of the broker of the animal, the full street address of where the broker is doing business, an email address, if available, by which to contact the broker, the USDA license number of the broker, and, if the broker is required to be licensed in the state in which the broker is located, the broker's state license number; and

     (6)   The statement "Know Your Rights" in bold type face and no less than 12 point type, followed by the statement in no less than 10 point type, "State law requires that every pet shop offering cats or dogs for sale post in a conspicuous location on or near each cat or dog's cage or enclosure the USDA inspection reports for the breeder and broker of each cat or dog for the two years prior to the first day that the cat or dog is offered for sale.  If you do not see a required inspection report, please request the report from the pet shop. If you have any concerns, please contact the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs, 124 Halsey St., Newark, NJ 07102, (973) 504-6200. You may also view these and other USDA inspection reports for the breeder and broker of each cat or dog on the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) website. You are entitled to receive additional information from APHIS about the breeder's or broker's history through the federal Freedom of Information Act."

     Every pet shop offering animals for sale shall also post, in a conspicuous location on or near the cage or enclosure for each animal in the cage or enclosure, the USDA inspection reports for the breeder and the broker of the animal for the two years prior to the first day that the animal is offered for sale by the pet shop.

     The owner or operator of the pet shop shall regularly update the information required to be posted pursuant to this subsection and make changes as necessary to all signage required by this subsection so that the public has access to the correct information at all times.

     d.    The owner or operator of a pet shop, or employee thereof, shall quarantine any animal diagnosed as suffering from a contagious or infectious disease, illness, or condition and may not sell such an animal until such time as a veterinarian licensed to practice in the State treats the animal and determines that such animal is free of clinical signs of infectious disease or that the animal is fit for sale.  All animals required to be quarantined pursuant to this subsection shall be placed in a quarantine area, separated from the general animal population of the pet shop.

     e.     The owner or operator of a pet shop, or designated employee thereof, may inoculate and vaccinate animals prior to purchase only upon the order of a veterinarian.  No owner or operator of a pet shop, or employee thereof, may represent, directly or indirectly, that the owner or operator of the pet shop, or any employee thereof, other than a veterinarian, is qualified to, directly or indirectly, diagnose, prognose, treat, or administer for, prescribe any treatment for, operate concerning, manipulate or apply any apparatus or appliance for addressing, any disease, pain, deformity, defect, injury, wound, or physical condition of any animal after purchase of the animal, for the prevention of, or to test for, the presence of any disease, pain, deformity, defect, injury, wound, or physical condition in an animal after its purchase.  These prohibitions include, but are not limited to, the giving of inoculations or vaccinations after purchase, the diagnosing, prescribing, and dispensing of medication to animals, and the prescribing of any diet or dietary supplement as treatment for any disease, pain, deformity, defect, injury, wound, or physical condition.

     f.     The Director of the Division of Consumer Affairs in the Department of Law and Public Safety shall provide each owner or operator of a pet shop with notification forms, to be signed by the owner or operator of the pet shop, or employee thereof, and the consumer at the time of purchase of an animal.  The notification form shall provide the following:

     (1)   The full text of the rights and responsibilities provided for in subsection h. of this section;

     (2)   The full text and description of the recourse to which the consumer is entitled pursuant to subsection i. of this section;

     (3)   The statement that it is the responsibility of the consumer to obtain such certification within the required amount of time provided by subsection h. of this section;

     (4)   The full text of the rights and responsibilities of the owner or operator of the pet shop, and the employees thereof, and the consumer provided in subsection l. of this section;

     (5)   The notification, reporting and enforcement provisions provided in section 5 of P.L.1999, c.336 (C.56:8-96), including the name and address of the local health authority with jurisdiction over the pet shop;

     (6)   The name, full street address, email address, if available, and USDA license number of the breeder of the animal and the broker of the animal, if the broker is different from the breeder;

     (7)   The breeder's state license number, if the breeder is required to be licensed in the state in which the breeder is located, and, if the broker is different from the breeder and the broker is required to be licensed in the state in which the broker is located, the broker's state license number; and

     (8)   An attestation by the owner or operator of the pet shop that, as of the date of purchase of the animal by the pet shop, which shall be specified in the attestation, the breeder and the broker of the animal were in compliance with the requirements concerning the maintenance and care of animals and the sanitary operation of kennels, pet shops, shelters and pounds established in rules and regulations adopted pursuant to section 14 of P.L.1941, c.151 (C.4:19-15.14), as required pursuant to section 3 of P.L.2015, c.7 (C.56:8-95.1).

     The owner or operator of the pet shop, or an employee thereof, shall obtain the signature of the consumer on the form and shall also sign and date the form at the time of purchase of an animal by the consumer, and shall provide the consumer with a signed copy of the form and retain a copy of the form on the pet shop premises.  Copies of all such notices shall be readily available for inspection by an authorized representative of the Division of Consumer Affairs, upon request.  No pet shop owner or operator, or employee thereof, may construe or use the signed notification form required pursuant to this subsection as an abdication of the right to recourse provided for in subsection i., or as a selection of recourse pursuant to subsection k. of this section.

     g.    The owner or operator of a pet shop, or an employee thereof, shall have any animal that has been examined more than 14 days prior to the date of purchase, reexamined by a veterinarian for the purpose of disclosing its condition, within 72 hours of the delivery of the animal to the consumer, unless the consumer has waived the right to the reexamination in writing. The owner or operator of a pet shop, or an employee thereof, shall provide a copy of the written waiver to the consumer prior to the signing of any contract or agreement to purchase the animal and the written waiver shall be in the form established by the director by regulation.

     h.    If at any time within 14 days after the sale and delivery of an animal to a consumer, the animal becomes sick or dies and a veterinarian certifies, within the 14 days after the date of purchase of the animal by the consumer, that the animal is unfit for purchase due to a non-congenital cause or condition, or that the animal died from causes other than an accident, the consumer is entitled to the recourse described in subsection i. of this section.

     If the animal becomes sick or dies within 180 days after the date of purchase and a veterinarian certifies, within the 180 days after the date of purchase of the animal by the consumer, that the animal is unfit for sale due to a congenital or hereditary cause or condition, or a sickness brought on by a congenital or hereditary cause or condition, or died from such a cause or condition or sickness, the consumer shall be entitled to the recourse provided in subsection i. of this section.

     It shall be the responsibility of the consumer to obtain such certification within the required amount of time provided by this subsection, unless the owner or operator of the pet shop, or the employee thereof selling the animal to the consumer, fails to provide the notice required pursuant to subsection f. of this section.  If the owner or operator of the pet shop, or the employee thereof, fails to provide the required notice, the consumer shall be entitled to the recourse provided for in subsection i. of this section.

     i.     Only the consumer shall have the sole authority to determine the recourse the consumer wishes to select and accept, provided that the recourse selected is one of the following:

     (1)   The right to return the animal and receive a full refund of the purchase price, including sales tax, plus the reimbursement of the veterinary fees, including the cost of the veterinarian certification, incurred prior to the receipt by the consumer of the veterinarian certification;

     (2)   The right to retain the animal and to receive reimbursement for veterinary fees incurred prior to the consumer's receipt of the veterinarian certification, plus the future cost of veterinary fees to be incurred in curing or attempting to cure the animal, including the cost of the veterinarian certification;

     (3)   The right to return the animal and to receive in exchange an animal of the consumer's choice, of equivalent value, plus reimbursement of veterinary fees, including the cost of the veterinarian certification, incurred prior to the consumer's receipt of the veterinarian certification; or

     (4)   In the event of the death of the animal from causes other than an accident, the right to a full refund of the purchase price of the animal, including sales tax, or another animal of the consumer's choice of equivalent value, plus reimbursement of veterinary fees, including the cost of the veterinarian certification, incurred prior to the death of the animal.

     The consumer shall be entitled to be reimbursed an amount for veterinary fees up to and including two times the purchase price, including sales tax, of the sick or dead animal.  No reimbursement of veterinary fees shall exceed two times the purchase price, including sales tax, of the sick or dead animal.

     j.     The veterinarian shall provide to the consumer in writing and within the seven days after the consumer consults with the veterinarian any certification that is appropriate pursuant to this section upon the determination that such certification is appropriate.  The certification shall include:

     (1)   The name of the owner;

     (2)   The date or dates of examination;

     (3)   The breed, color, sex, and age of the animal;

     (4)   A statement of the findings of the veterinarian;

     (5)   A statement that the veterinarian certifies the animal to be "unfit for purchase";

     (6)   An itemized statement of veterinary fees incurred as of the date of certification;

     (7)   If the animal may be curable, an estimate of the possible cost to cure, or attempt to cure, the animal;

     (8)   If the animal has died, a statement establishing the probable cause of death; and

     (9)   The name and address of the certifying veterinarian and the date of the certification.

     k.    Upon the presentation of the veterinarian certification required in subsection j. of this section to the pet shop, the consumer shall select the recourse to be provided and the owner or operator of the pet shop, or the employee thereof, shall confirm the selection of recourse in writing.  The confirmation of the selection shall be signed by the owner or operator of the pet shop, or an employee thereof, and the consumer and a copy of the signed confirmation shall be given to the consumer and retained by the owner or operator of the pet shop, or employee thereof, on the pet shop premises. The confirmation of the selection shall be in the form established by the director by regulation.

     l.     The owner or operator of the pet shop, or an employee thereof, shall comply with the selection of recourse by the consumer no later than 10 days after the receipt of the veterinarian certification and the signed confirmation of selection of recourse form.  In the event the owner or operator of the pet shop, or an employee thereof, wishes to contest the selection of recourse of the consumer, the owner or operator of the pet shop, or an employee thereof, shall notify the consumer and the director in writing within the five days after the receipt of the veterinarian certification and the signed confirmation of selection of recourse form.  After notification to the consumer and the director of the division, the owner or operator of the pet shop, or an employee thereof, may require the consumer to produce the animal for examination by a veterinarian chosen by the owner or operator of the pet shop, or employee thereof, at a mutually convenient time and place, except if the animal has died and was required to be cremated for public health reasons.  The director shall set, upon receipt of such notice of contest on the part of the owner or operator of the pet shop, or an employee thereof, a hearing date and hold a hearing, pursuant to the "Administrative Procedure Act," P.L.1968, c.410 (C.52:14B-1 et seq.) and the Uniform Administrative Procedure Rules adopted pursuant thereto, to determine whether the recourse selected by the consumer should be allowed.  The consumer and the owner or operator of the pet shop, or employee thereof, shall be entitled to any appeal of the decision resulting from the hearing as may be provided for under the law, or any rule or regulation adopted pursuant thereto, but upon the exhaustion of such remedies and recourse, the consumer and the owner or operator of the pet shop shall comply with the final decision rendered.

     m.   Any owner or operator of a pet shop, or employee thereof, shall be guilty of a deceptive practice if the owner or operator, or employee thereof, secures or attempts to secure a waiver of any of the provisions of this section except as specifically authorized under subsection g. of this section.

     n.    The owner of a pet shop shall be responsible and liable for any recourse or reimbursement due to a consumer because of violations of any provisions of this section by the owner or operator of the pet shop, or any employee thereof, or because of any document signed pursuant to this section by the owner or operator of the pet shop, or any employee thereof.

     o.    Any pet shop in the State advertising for sale an animal bred by a USDA licensed breeder through print or electronic means, including those posted on the Internet or a website, shall continuously display the name, state of residence, and USDA license number of the breeder of the animal in the advertisement so that this information is easily legible to the consumer.

(cf:  P.L.2015, c.7, s.2)

 

     6.    This act shall take effect immediately.

 

 

STATEMENT

 

     This bill requires that, as a condition of the sale or transfer of a dog within or into the State, any breeder or owner or operator of a business providing dogs to pet shops submit a certification to the Department of Health (DOH) that it is in compliance with DOH regulations establishing proper breeding practices and standards of care for female dogs and puppies at any facility used for the breeding or housing of dogs.  The bill directs the DOH to adopt regulations that:

     1) establish breeding practices and a standard of care for female dogs and puppies at a facility used for breeding or housing dogs;

     2) prohibit a female dog from being bred more than once every 365 days; and

     3) establish the procedures and requirements for the certification of compliance required to be submitted by breeders or owners or operators of a business providing dogs to pet shops in the State.

     Furthermore, the bill prohibits a pet shop from selling or offering to sell any dog unless the pet shop has obtained from the breeder or the owner or operator of a business providing dogs to pet shops a copy of the certification submitted to the DOH.  The bill also provides that, notwithstanding this prohibition, a pet shop may sell or offer for sale any dog obtained by the pet shop directly from a shelter, pound, or animal rescue organization.  The DOH or the local health authority, if so authorized by the DOH, is required to inspect each pet shop within 30 days after it opens for business, and once every 90 days thereafter, to determine if the pet shop is in compliance with the requirements of the bill. The bill provides a revenue source for implementing the bill by reallocating one third of dog registration tag fees moneys collected by municipalities to the municipality for this purpose.  Finally, the bill also establishes a penalty for violations of a fine for up to $1,000 and possible license revocation for the pet shop.