H.R. 2256 (112th): Pet Safety and Protection Act of 2011

Jun 21, 2011 (112th Congress, 2011–2013)
Died (Referred to Committee)
Michael “Mike” Doyle Jr.
Representative for Pennsylvania's 14th congressional district
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Jun 21, 2011
5 pages
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This bill was introduced on June 21, 2011, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted.

Introduced Jun 21, 2011
Referred to Committee Jun 21, 2011
Full Title

To amend the Animal Welfare Act to ensure that all dogs and cats used by research facilities are obtained legally.


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98 cosponsors (84D, 14R) (show)

House Agriculture

Livestock, Rural Development, and Credit

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Pet Safety and Protection Act of 2011 - Amends the Animal Welfare Act to list permissible sources of dogs and cats used by research facilities to include dogs and cats obtained:
(1) from a licensed dealer,
(2) from a publicly owned and operated pound or shelter that meets specified requirements,
(3) by donation from a person who bred and raised the dog or cat or owned it for not less than one year, or
(4) from a research facility licensed by the Secretary of Agriculture. Sets forth additional monetary penalties for related violations.
Prohibits federal facilities from purchasing or otherwise acquiring dogs or cats for exhibition purposes (currently, for research, experimentation, or exhibition purposes) except from: (1) the operator of an auction that comports with legal requirements, or (2) a person holding a valid dealer or exhibitor license.
Prohibits dealers from selling or otherwise providing any research facility (currently, any individual or entity) with random source dogs or cats unless specified certification requirements are met.

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