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State Pet Shop Laws: Nebraska

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Definitions:

  • Animal: any vertebrate member of the animal kingdom. Excludes uncaptured wild creatures. (NEB. REV. STAT. § 28-1008)
  • Commercial breeder: any person engaged in the business of breeding dogs or cats and who sells, exchanges, or leases dogs or cats, whether or not the dogs or cats are bred, raised, trained, groomed, or boarded by such person. Excludes those with less than 4 adult intact dogs or cats, and those who sell fewer than 30 animals in a year if the animals are sold directly to the consumer. (NEB. REV. STAT. § 54-626)
  • Dealer: any person who is not a commercial breeder or a pet shop but is buying for resale or selling dogs or cats as a principal or agent. Excludes those who sell fewer than 30 animals annually. (NEB. REV. STAT. § 54-626)
  • Pet animal: an animal kept as a household pet for companion-ship. Includes dogs, cats, birds, fish, rabbits, rodents, amphibians and reptiles. (NEB. REV. STAT. § 54-626)
  • Pet shop: a retail establishment that sells pet animals and related supplies. (NEB. REV. STAT. § 54-626)

Vet Care:

  • Commercial breeders, pet shops, and dealers must have “adequate” vet care and an attending vet for animals in their care. Written veterinary care plan and regular vet visits to premises are required. (NEB. ADMIN. R. & REGS. Tit. 23, Ch. 18 § 007)
  • Problems with health, behavior or well-being of cats or dogs must be “timely” and accurately conveyed to vet. (NEB. ADMIN. R. & REGS. Tit. 23, Ch. 18 § 007)

Housing:

  • Cages must protect cats’ and dogs’ feet from injury, and suspended floors must meet certain standards. (NEB. REV. STAT. § 54-641)

Lemon Laws:

  • Pet dealers, dealers and commercial breeders must give retail purchasers of cats or dogs a written paper recommending early-age spay/neuter and vet wellness visits, and emphasizing compliance with cat and dog registration laws. The paper must be given at the time the dog or cat is sold. (NEB. REV. STAT. § 54-637)

Food and Water:

  • N/A

Sanitary Conditions:

  • N/A

Unweaned Animals:

  • N/A

Miscellaneous Provisions:

  • License required for commercial breeders, dealers and pet shops. (Penalty: class I misdemeanor) (NEB. REV. STAT. § 54-627, NEB. REV. STAT. § 54-634, NEB. REV. STAT. § 54-631)
  • Bureau of Animal Industry can adopt regulations for humane care. (NEB. REV. STAT. § 54-629)
  • Employees caring for cats and dogs must receive “adequate training and guidance.” (NEB. ADMIN. R. & REGS. Tit. 23, Ch. 18 § 007)
  • Commercial breeders, dealers and pet shops must report the number of cats and dogs sold annually. (NEB. ADMIN. R. & REGS. Tit. 23, Ch. 18 § 004)
  • Commercial breeders, dealers and pet shops must identify all cats and dogs using a tag, tattoo, or microchip. Must keep id for dead animals for 1 year. (NEB. ADMIN. R. & REGS. Tit. 23, Ch. 18 § 008)
  • Commercial breeders, dealers and pet shops must keep health records for cats and dogs. (NEB. ADMIN. R. & REGS. Tit. 23, Ch. 18 § 007)
  • Commercial breeders, dealers and pet shops must keep records of the chain of custody of each cat and dog. Must maintain all required records for 1 year after sale or death. (NEB. ADMIN. R. & REGS. Tit. 23, Ch. 18 § 010)
  • Inspections of premises allowed for commercial breeders, dealers and pet shops. (NEB. REV. STAT. § 54-627, NEB. ADMIN. R. & REGS. Tit. 23, Ch. 18 § 006)

Notes:

  1. Where “adequate space” is not defined the state has not established a definition for the term.
  2. 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.

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