Register May 202 No. 797
Chapter ATCP 16
DOG SELLERS AND DOG FACILITY OPERATORS
Dog sellers and dog facility operators; license.
Persons exempt from licensing.
Applying for a license.
License fees and surcharges.
Issuing or withdrawing a license.
Inspecting licensed operations.
Records kept by license holders.
Dog sales; general.
Certificate of veterinary inspection.
Age at which dogs may be sold.
Dog care; general.
Dogs kept indoors.
Dogs kept outdoors.
Ch. ATCP 16 Note
Note: This chapter implements s. 173.41, Stats. The regulations in this chapter apply only to persons who are required to be licensed under this chapter. A license holder is responsible for ensuring that the license holder's employees and agents comply with applicable requirements under this chapter. A person is not required to hold a license under this chapter for actions that the person takes solely as an employee or agent of a license holder, provided that those actions are within the scope of the license holder's license.
ATCP 16.01 Definitions.
In this chapter:
“Animal control facility" means a facility in this state for the care of animals operated under a contract with a political subdivision under s. 173.15 (1)
“Animal shelter" means a facility or legal entity in this state that is operated for the purpose of providing for and promoting the welfare, protection, and humane treatment of animals, that is used to shelter at least 25 dogs in a license year, and that is operated by a humane society, animal welfare society, animal rescue group, or other nonprofit group.
“Department" means the Wisconsin department of agriculture, trade and consumer protection.
“Dog breeder" means a person who in any license year sells at least 25 dogs, from more than 3 litters, which that person has bred and raised in this state. A person has bred and raised dogs for purposes of this paragraph if that person has owned the dogs from birth until sale, regardless of whether the person has contracted with an agent to raise the dogs on real estate owned or occupied by that agent.
“Dog breeding facility" means a place in this state where dogs are bred and raised and from which at least 25 dogs from more than 3 litters are sold in a license year.
“Dog dealer" means any of the following persons, other than an out-of-state dog dealer:
A person who in any license year sells or offers to sell in this state at least 25 dogs that the person owns but has not bred and raised.
A person, other than an auctioneer or auction company registered under ch. 480
, Stats., who in any license year brokers or arranges the sale in this state of at least 25 dogs that are under that person's custody or control but that the person does not own and has not bred or raised.
An auctioneer or auction company registered under ch. 480
, Stats., which operates one or more auctions in this state in which a combined total of 50 or more dogs are sold or offered for sale in any license year.
“Dog trial" means an organized competitive field event involving sporting dog breeds that is sanctioned, licensed, or recognized by a local, state, regional, or national dog organization.
“License year" means a 12-month period ending on September 30.
“Out-of-state dog dealer" means a non-resident person who in any license year imports at least 25 dogs for sale in this state, regardless of whether the dogs were bred or raised by that person.
“Person" means an individual, corporation, partnership, cooperative, limited liability company, trust, governmental entity, academic institution, or other legal entity.
“Primary enclosure" means an enclosed space where a dog spends the majority of its time.
“Sell" means to convey ownership for consideration.
“Temporary dog market" means a place at which persons sell dogs, and may sell other items, from booths or other spaces that are rented or provided to those persons on a temporary basis by the market operator, except that “temporary dog market" does not include a dog trial.
ATCP 16.01 History
History: CR 10-100
: cr. Register May 2011 No. 665
, eff. 6-1-11; CR 18-032
: am. (3), cr. (4m), am. (7) (a), (9) Register October 2019 No. 766
, eff. 11-1-19.
ATCP 16.02 Dog sellers and dog facility operators; license. ATCP 16.02(1)(1)
Except as provided in s. ATCP 16.04
, no person may do any of the following activities or combination of activities in any license year without an annual license from the department:
An annual license under sub. (1)
expires on September 30.
License not transferable.
A license under sub. (1)
is not transferable between persons or locations.
ATCP 16.02 Note
Note: Because a license is not transferable between locations, a licensed entity that moves to a new location must apply for a new license prior to operating under sub. (1) at the new location.
A license holder under sub. (1)
shall post a copy of the license at each location, identified in the license application under s. ATCP 16.06
, at which the license holder keeps dogs pursuant to the license. The license holder shall post the license copy in a prominent place that is readily visible to persons entering that location.
License number included in advertisement.
A license holder under sub. (1)
who advertises to sell dogs in this state shall include that person's license number in each advertisement.