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Office of Animal Welfare

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The Tennessee Department of Health’s Office of Animal Welfare was established in January 2010 pursuant to the enactment of the Commercial Breeder Act [Tennessee Code Annotated (TCA) 44-17-701 et seq.]. The Commercial Breeder Act included a provision for termination and expiration on June 30, 2014. A recent bill to remove the expiration failed in committee on March 12, 2014. Consequently, the Commercial Breeder law expired on June 30, 2014. As a result, the Office of Animal Welfare was also eliminated on that date. Therefore, all Commercial Breeder Program information has been removed from this webpage.

On October 22, 2010, pursuant to a governor’s executive order, the Dog and Cat Dealer Law [Tennessee Code Annotated (TCA) 44-17-101 et seq.] was transferred to the Tennessee Department of Health, and the Office of Animal Welfare assumed the responsibility for ensuring its compliance. The Dog and Cat Dealer law and regulations remain in effect.

Please check this webpage for further updates or call 615-741-8404.