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§ 19-701. Definitions

West's Annotated Code of MarylandBusiness RegulationEffective: July 1, 2021

West's Annotated Code of Maryland
Business Regulation (Refs & Annos)
Title 19. Miscellaneous State Business Regulation (Refs & Annos)
Subtitle 7. Retail Pet Stores (Refs & Annos)
Effective: July 1, 2021
MD Code, Business Regulation, § 19-701
§ 19-701. Definitions
In general
(a) In this subtitle the following words have the meanings indicated.
Animal control unit
(b) “Animal control unit” has the meaning stated in § 10-617 of the Criminal Law Article.
Animal welfare organization
(c)(1) “Animal welfare organization” means a nonprofit organization:
(i) that has tax exempt status under § 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code; and
(ii) whose mission and practice is the rescue of animals and the placement of those animals in permanent homes.
(2) “Animal welfare organization” does not include an organization that obtains animals from a breeder or broker in exchange for payment or compensation.
(d) “Breeder” means a person who breeds or raises dogs or cats to sell, exchange, or otherwise transfer to the public.
(e) “Broker” means a person who transfers dogs or cats for resale by another person.
Retail pet store
(f)(1) “Retail pet store” means:
(i) a for-profit establishment that sells or offers for sale domestic animals to be kept as household pets; or
(ii) a broker.
(2) “Retail pet store” does not include an establishment at which the animals sold at the establishment were born at the establishment.


Added by Acts 2012, c. 214, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 2012; Acts 2012, c. 215, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 2012. Amended by Acts 2016, c. 572, § 1, eff. June 1, 2016; Acts 2016, c. 573, § 1, eff. June 1, 2016; Acts 2017, c. 631, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 2017; Acts 2018, c. 237, § 1, eff. Jan. 1, 2020; Acts 2021, c. 448, § 1, eff. July 1, 2021.
MD Code, Business Regulation, § 19-701, MD BUS REG § 19-701
Current through legislation effective through April 9, 2023, from the 2024 Regular Session of the General Assembly. Some statute sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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