State Pet Shop Laws: Arkansas
- Animal: a dog or cat of any age. (ARK. STAT. ANN. § 4-97-103)
- Retail pet store: any room, run, cage, compartment, exhibition pen, or tether, any part of which is in the State, where any animal is sold or kept, displayed, or offered for sale, to the public. Includes its owners, officers, agents, operators, managers, and employees. Excludes kennels and catteries which sell animals directly to consumers, and animal shelters. (ARK. STAT. ANN. § 4-97-103)
- Retail pet stores must provide to purchasers a signed, written notice of consumers' rights that also describes the animal being sold. (ARK. STAT. ANN. § 4-97-105)
- Retail pet stores must post a sign stating that complaints regarding animal care can be made to state health board or law enforcement. (ARK. STAT. ANN. § 4-97-108)
Food and Water:
- License not required.
- Requires retail pet store operators to annually register the store name and location of each animal housing facility. (Penalty: class A misdemeanor) (ARK. STAT. ANN. § 4-97-104)
- The list of all registered retail pet stores is available to the public free of charge. (ARK. STAT. ANN. § 4-97-104)
- Retail pet store premises and records can be inspected “at reasonable hours.” “Records” are a permanent record of each animal's health and vaccination history, and a permanent journal of a sequential listing of animals kept at the retail pet store for 30 days or longer. Must include the animal's id number, arrival date, exit date, and disposition. (Penalty for refusing inspection: class A misdemeanor) (ARK. STAT. ANN. §§ 4-97-108, -103)
- To kill an animal in a retail pet store’s custody, the store must have vet approval “citing the animal's interest justifying the killing of the animal.” (Penalty: class A misdemeanor) (ARK. STAT. ANN. § 4-97-107)
- A retail pet store (or its employee or “any other person”)
must kill animals in the store’s custody:
- only using "humane" methods
- that use anesthesia causing "painless loss of consciousness and subsequent death" and
- administered by a vet or certified euthanasia technician. (Penalty: class A misdemeanor) (ARK. STAT. ANN. §§ 4-97-107, -103)
- Prohibits anyone from using a decompression chamber to destroy animals. (Penalty: class C misdemeanor) (ARK. STAT. ANN. § 5-62-117)
- Where “adequate space” is not defined the state has not established a definition for the term.
- The definition of “animal” may actually be broadly written while the types of animals covered by the law (e.g., veterinary care, sanitation, food and water) may be more narrowly drafted.