New York Agriculture & Markets Law

Sec. § 400

As used in this article:


“Animal” means a dog or a cat.


“Consumer” means any individual purchasing an animal from a pet dealer. A pet dealer shall not be considered a consumer.


“Person” means any individual, corporation, partnership, association, municipality, or other legal entity.


“Pet Dealer” means any person who engages in the sale or offering for sale of more than nine animals per year for profit to the public. Such definition shall include breeders who sell or offer to sell animals; provided that a breeder who sells or offers to sell directly to the consumer fewer than twenty-five animals per year that are born and raised on the breeder’s residential premises shall not be considered a pet dealer as a result of selling or offering to sell such animals. Such definition shall further not include duly incorporated humane societies dedicated to the care of unwanted animals which make such animals available for adoption whether or not a fee for such adoption is charged.

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