June 1, 2010
FREDERICTON (CNB) - A new pet establishment regulation that licenses kennels and previously un-licensed pet retail stores and animal shelters is now in effect.
The announcement was made by Finance Minister Greg Byrne on behalf of Local Government Minister Chris Collins.
The regulation makes New Brunswick one of the few provinces to oversee pet establishments to such a high degree. It will be administered by the New Brunswick Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NBSPCA).
"I am pleased that the new regulation has come into force; it will provide an important mechanism to ensure that animals in our province are protected," said Byrne. "The new regulation is practical and reasonable for the operators of pet establishments. It will give more power to the NBSPCA to proceed with inspections and to keep records of animal protection standards in those establishments."
The regulation falls under the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act. It establishes the standards under which pet establishments are to be operated; it also provides direction for the care of animals in these facilities.
Kennels will be required to adhere to A Code of Practice for Canadian Kennel Operations, published by the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association.
Schedule A of the regulation spells out the standards to which pet stores and animal shelters will be required to adhere.
"The new regulation applies to pet establishments in municipalities and rural areas," said Byrne. "Establishments that hold a licence will have until that license expires before they will require a licence under the new regulation."
The licence fees are $100 for animal shelters and $250 for kennels or pet retail stores. Licence revenue from the program will go the NBSPCA.
A number of operations will be exempt from licensing. These include those selling livestock; grooming facilities; animal training operations; veterinary clinics; circuses and zoos; and premises that house horses. Establishments that are unlicensed or have questions about being licensed should contact the NBSPCA.
On Monday, June 14, the NBSPCA is expected to launch its new provincewide toll-free line, 1-877-722-1522. It will enable pet establishments to contact the NBSPCA as well as enable the public to communicate any concerns and complaints about the treatment of animals to the NBSCPA.
"The mission of the society is to promote responsible, caring and compassionate attitudes toward animals," said Joy Bacon, president, NBSPCA board of directors. "The primary objective is the prevention of cruelty, neglect and abandonment of these animals. Education for residents of the province, shelter for animals and enforcement of legislation are the tools used to meet the objective.
"With this new toll-free line, we are also asking for the public's help in carrying out our mission, and I can re-assure the public that all calls made to us will be treated as a priority and remain confidential."
Byrne said, "I congratulate the NBSPCA for its new telephone line initiative. Regardless of where you live in the province, this number will provide a central place where suspected instances of animal abuse or cruelty may be reported. As well, individuals who live outside an incorporated area may find out how to get a dog tag or report stray dogs. Thanks to this new service, New Brunswickers will have a quick and easy way to contact the NBSPCA."
Further information about the regulation is at the Department of Local Government website or available by contacting the NBSPCA.
MEDIA CONTACT: Mark Barbour, communications , Department of Local Government, 506-444-4693.