ATCP 16.16 Note Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection
ATCP 16.16 Note Division of Animal Health
ATCP 16.16 Note P.O. Box 8911
ATCP 16.16 Note Madison, WI 53708-8911
ATCP 16.16 Note Phone: (608) 224-4872
ATCP 16.16 Note Fax: (608) 224-4871
ATCP 16.16(4)(g) (g) The following statement, or a substantially similar statement, that is based on at least a brief personal examination by the veterinarian making the statement:
“I certify, as a veterinarian, that I have inspected the dogs identified on this certificate and that the dogs are not showing any sign of infectious, contagious or communicable disease, except as otherwise noted on this certificate. Vaccinations and test results are as indicated on this certificate. This certificate is not a warranty."
ATCP 16.16(4)(h) (h) The veterinarian's signature and the date of signature.
ATCP 16.16(5) (5)Issuance and expiration.
ATCP 16.16(5)(a)(a) A veterinarian who signs a certificate of veterinary inspection under sub. (1) shall sign that certificate within 10 days after the veterinarian completes the examination on which the certificate is based. The certificate is valid for 30 days after the date on which the veterinarian completes the examination on which the certificate is based.
ATCP 16.16(6) (6)Distribution. Each of the following persons shall receive a copy of each certificate of veterinary inspection under sub. (1):
ATCP 16.16(6)(a) (a) The person buying the dog.
ATCP 16.16(6)(b) (b) The person selling the dog.
ATCP 16.16(6)(c) (c) The veterinarian who issues the certificate.
ATCP 16.16(7) (7)Re-using a certificate.
ATCP 16.16(7)(a)(a) If a dog is resold prior to the expiration of a certificate of veterinary inspection issued for a prior sale of the same dog, the unexpired certificate shall accompany the resold dog. No new certificate is required for the resale, provided that all of the following apply:
ATCP 16.16(7)(a)1. 1. The unexpired certificate is updated to include required information related to the new seller.
ATCP 16.16(7)(a)2. 2. The new seller keeps a copy of the updated certificate.
ATCP 16.16(7)(a)3. 3. The new buyer receives a copy of the updated certificate.
ATCP 16.16(7)(b) (b) A certificate of veterinary inspection may incorporate information from a prior unexpired certificate of veterinary inspection for the same dog. The new certificate shall include the following statement or a substantially similar statement:
“The (identify pertinent information incorporated from the prior certificate) on this certificate has been copied from the attached certificate of veterinary inspection issued by (name of veterinarian who issued the prior certificate) at (address) on (date)."
ATCP 16.16 History History: CR 10-100: cr. Register May 2011 No. 665, eff. 6-1-11.
ATCP 16.18 ATCP 16.18Age at which dogs may be sold. A person who is required to be licensed under s. ATCP 16.02 (1) may not, in connection with the sale of a dog, transfer that dog to the physical custody of the buyer unless one of the following applies:
ATCP 16.18(1) (1) The dog is at least 7 weeks old.
ATCP 16.18(2) (2) The dog is accompanied by its dam.
ATCP 16.18(3) (3) The department approves the transfer in writing.
ATCP 16.18 History History: CR 10-100: cr. Register May 2011 No. 665, eff. 6-1-11.
ATCP 16.20 ATCP 16.20Dog care; general. The following standards of care apply to all dogs kept pursuant to a license under s. ATCP 16.02 (1), including any dogs that the license holder consigns to a home custody provider:
ATCP 16.20(1) (1)Food and water.
ATCP 16.20(1)(a)(a) Each dog shall be fed at least once a day, unless another schedule is needed to maintain or restore the dog's health.
ATCP 16.20(1)(b) (b) The size and nutritional content of a dog's daily food ration shall be based on dog's age, condition, size, and weight.
ATCP 16.20(1)(c) (c) Dog food shall be wholesome, uncontaminated, and palatable. Dog food shall be stored in a manner that keeps it wholesome, uncontaminated, and palatable. Food storage containers shall be kept clean and free of contaminants.
ATCP 16.20(1)(d) (d) All dogs shall have adequate access to water during the course of the day to keep the dogs well-hydrated at all times. Water shall be fluid, potable, and uncontaminated.
ATCP 16.20(1)(e) (e) Food and water shall be provided under this subsection in durable containers, except that food may be provided in a nondurable container if the container is discarded after a single use.
ATCP 16.20(1)(f) (f) Water containers, non-disposable food containers and non-disposable utensils shall be cleaned with an appropriate detergent, rinsed, and sanitized with an appropriate sanitizer as often as necessary to keep them free of accumulated dirt, debris, and disease hazards.
ATCP 16.20(2) (2)Animal health and veterinary care.
ATCP 16.20(2)(a)(a) Each dog shall be handled as carefully as practicable and in a humane manner that does not cause physical harm or unnecessary injury.
ATCP 16.20(2)(b) (b) The responsible caretaker on the premises, or an individual implementing a caretaker's oral or written instructions, shall perform daily body, mobility, and behavior checks on each dog.
ATCP 16.20(2)(c) (c) Any dog that has or is suspected of having a communicable disease shall be kept physically separated from other susceptible animals to prevent the disease from spreading to those animals.
ATCP 16.20(2)(d) (d) Each dog shall be groomed as necessary to prevent abnormal matted hair and overgrown nails, and to allow freedom of movement and normal bodily functions.
ATCP 16.20(2)(e) (e) A veterinarian shall examine each dog as often as necessary to ensure adequate health care. The examining veterinarian shall use appropriate methods to prevent, control, diagnose, and treat diseases and injuries. The license holder shall follow the veterinarian's recommendations.
ATCP 16.20(2)(f) (f) Sick, diseased or injured dogs shall be provided with timely veterinary care or shall be euthanized by a method described in Appendix 1 to the Guidelines on Euthanasia published by the American Veterinary Medical Association (June 2007).
ATCP 16.20 Note Note: Copies of Appendix 1 to the Guidelines on Euthanasia published by the American Veterinary Medical Association (June 2007) are on file with the department and may be obtained online at or from the American Veterinary Medical Association at the following address:
ATCP 16.20 Note American Veterinary Medical Association
ATCP 16.20 Note 1931 N. Meacham Rd
ATCP 16.20 Note Suite 100
ATCP 16.20 Note Schaumburg, IL 60173-4360
ATCP 16.20(2)(g) (g) The department may, by written notice, require a person holding a license under s. ATCP 16.02 (1) to submit a dog for examination by a licensed veterinarian within a specified time period if the department finds, based on its inspection, that the dog is exhibiting signs of illness, injury, or neglect.
ATCP 16.20(3) (3)Housing and transportation.
ATCP 16.20(3)(a)(a) Except as provided in par. (c), dogs shall be kept in facilities that comply with ss. ATCP 16.22 and 16.24.
ATCP 16.20(3)(b) (b) Dogs shall be transported in compliance with s. ATCP 16.26.
ATCP 16.20(3)(c) (c) Paragraph (a) does not apply to a facility that is used only for the purpose of breeding, raising and selling dogs for scientific research, provided that all of the following apply:
ATCP 16.20(3)(c)1. 1. The license holder was using that facility solely for that purpose on June 1, 2011, and any primary enclosures added or materially reconstructed since that date comply with ss. ATCP 16.22 and 16.24.
ATCP 16.20(3)(c)2. 2. The dogs are sold from the facility at which they are bred and raised.
ATCP 16.20(3)(c)3. 3. The dogs are sold only to animal care facilities licensed or registered by the United States department of agriculture, and are not resold to any other person.
ATCP 16.20(3)(c)4. 4. The dogs are kept in enclosures that comply with 9 CFR, Chapter I, subchapter A (animal welfare).
ATCP 16.20(4) (4)Exercise. A dog shall be allowed reasonable daily exercise, based on the dog's breed, size, age and health condition. Dogs shall have daily access to an indoor or outdoor run or exercise area where they can achieve a running stride. Repetitive unsupervised physical activity, such as unsupervised placement on a moving treadmill, which prevents a dog from engaging in other activities, shall be avoided except for good cause.
ATCP 16.20(5) (5)Dog grouping and separation.
ATCP 16.20(5)(a)(a) Dogs shall be separated, as necessary, into compatible groups.
ATCP 16.20(5)(b) (b) Females in season (estrus) may not be kept with sexually intact males in the same primary enclosure, or kept without separation from sexually intact males in any confined area, except for breeding purposes.
ATCP 16.20(5)(c) (c) Dogs exhibiting potentially harmful aggressive behavior shall be separated from other dogs.
ATCP 16.20(5)(d) (d) Puppies under 4 months old may not be kept with adult dogs other than their dam or foster dam in the same primary enclosure or other confined area, unless under direct supervision.
ATCP 16.20(6) (6)Behavior and socialization.
ATCP 16.20(6)(a)(a) All dogs shall have daily, full-body physical contact with other compatible dogs, except where such contact must be avoided for good cause.
ATCP 16.20(6)(b) (b) All dogs shall have daily positive human contact and socialization, not limited to feeding time.
ATCP 16.20(6)(c) (c) All dogs shall have safe play objects or other effective forms of inanimate enrichment in their primary enclosures, except where such objects or enrichment must be denied for good cause.
ATCP 16.20(6)(d) (d) Dogs may not be deprived of contact, activity, or enrichment under this section for extended periods, except for good cause.
ATCP 16.20(6)(e) (e) A license holder under s. ATCP 16.02 (1) shall have a written plan for meeting the requirements under this subsection, and shall instruct employees and agents on the terms of that plan.
ATCP 16.20 History History: CR 10-100: cr. Register May 2011 No. 665, eff. 6-1-11.
ATCP 16.22 ATCP 16.22Dogs kept indoors. The following requirements apply to an indoor facility at which a person keeps dogs pursuant to a license under s. ATCP 16.02 (1):
ATCP 16.22(1) (1)Primary enclosures; general.
ATCP 16.22(1)(a)(a) Size and configuration. An indoor primary enclosure shall comply with sub. (2) or (3), except that a whelping enclosure shall comply with sub. (4) and a nursery enclosure shall comply with sub. (5).
ATCP 16.22(1)(b) (b) Floors and interior surfaces. Floors and interior surfaces of an indoor primary enclosure shall comply with all of the following standards:
ATCP 16.22(1)(b)1. 1. Dirt floors are prohibited.
ATCP 16.22(1)(b)2. 2. A floor, other than a floor in the portion of a whelping enclosure that is accessible to puppies, may be constructed of metal wire mesh. The wire shall be coated with an acceptable material to prevent injury to the dogs' feet. The wire shall be of an adequate gauge to prevent sagging under the weight of the dog or dogs kept in the enclosure, and to prevent injury to the dogs' feet.
ATCP 16.22 Note Note: Stainless steel slatting is not wire mesh.
ATCP 16.22(1)(b)3. 3. Floor openings, if any, shall be small enough to prevent the feet of the smallest dog kept in the enclosure from passing through or becoming entangled in the openings.
ATCP 16.22(1)(b)4. 4. Floors and other interior surfaces shall be constructed and maintained to keep clean, dry, and safe from injury. Surfaces shall be regularly cleaned and sanitized.
ATCP 16.22(1)(c) (c) Stacking primary enclosures. No indoor primary enclosure may be stacked on top of any other indoor primary enclosure unless the stacking arrangement complies with all of the following:
ATCP 16.22(1)(c)1. 1. The floor of the top enclosure shall be no higher than 52 inches from the floor of the room in which the enclosures are stacked.
ATCP 16.22(1)(c)2. 2. The stacking arrangement shall provide for safe dog handling, adequate ventilation and temperature control, easy cleaning and sanitization, and easy inspection of all stacked enclosures.
ATCP 16.22(1)(c)3. 3. Each stacked enclosure shall have a fully ventilated front side and a solid floor that can be easily cleaned and sanitized.
ATCP 16.22(1)(c)4. 4. The stacked enclosures shall be stable when filled to maximum capacity with dogs.
ATCP 16.22(1)(c)5. 5. No dog in any of the stacked enclosures may be exposed to any excreta, urine, dirt, or debris falling from a higher enclosure.
ATCP 16.22(2) (2)Primary enclosure for one or more dogs that get at least 30 minutes of exercise each day. A primary enclosure under this subsection shall comply with all of the following requirements:
ATCP 16.22(2)(a) (a) The floor area of the primary enclosure shall be at least equal to the sum of the floor areas under pars. (b) and (c), where each dog's length is measured from the tip of the dog's nose to the base of the dog's tail.
ATCP 16.22(2)(b) (b) For the largest dog in the primary enclosure, the primary enclosure shall include a floor area at least equal to the following:
ATCP 16.22(2)(b)1. 1. For a dog up to 10 inches long, 4.5 square feet.
Published under s. 35.93, Stats. Updated on the first day of each month. Entire code is always current. The Register date on each page is the date the chapter was last published.