Amended in Assembly April 10, 2014

Amended in Assembly March 28, 2014

California Legislature—2013–14 Regular Session

Assembly BillNo. 1809


Introduced by Assembly Member Maienschein

February 18, 2014


An act to add Chapter 1.5 (commencing with Section 121720) to Part 6 of Division 105 of the Health and Safety Code, relating to veterinary public health.

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL’S DIGEST

AB 1809, as amended, Maienschein. Dogs: health certificates.

Existing law imposes specified requirements on animal owners in order to prevent or control the transmission of zoonotic diseases, such as rabies, and communicable diseases amongst animals. Existing law also provides for the licensing and registration of dogs, as specified.

This bill would require a person seeking to bring a dog into this state, or importing dogs into this state for the purpose of resale or change of ownership, to obtain a health certificate with respect to that dog that has been completed by a licensed veterinarian and is dated within 10 days prior to the date on which the dog is brought into the state.begin delete The bill would exempt from that requirement a person who brings a dog into the state for no longer than 7 consecutive days in order to participate in a dog show or exhibition.end delete The bill would require the person to submit the health certificate to the county health department, as specified.begin insert The bill would exempt from these requirements a person who brings a dog into the state that will not be offered for resale or if the ownership of the dog will not change.end insert The bill would authorize the agency receiving the health certificate to use the information on the health certificate as it deems appropriate, and to charge a fee in a reasonable amount sufficient to cover the costs associated with receiving and processing a health certificate submitted to the county health department pursuant to these provisions. By imposing a higher level of service on county health agencies, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.

The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.

This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: yes.

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:

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SECTION 1.  

Chapter 1.5 (commencing with Section 121720)
2is added to Part 6 of Division 105 of the Health and Safety Code,
3to read:

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5Chapter  1.5. Dog Importation: Health Certificates
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121720.  

(a) (1) A person seeking to bring a dog into this state
8or importing dogs into this state for the purpose of resale or change
9of ownership shall obtain a health certificate with respect to that
10dog that has been completed by a licensed veterinarian and is dated
11within 10 days prior to the date on which the dog is brought into
12the state.

13(2) Except as provided in subdivision (c), the person described
14in paragraph (1) shall submit the health certificate to the county
15health department. The person may submit the health certificate
16to the county health department by electronic transmission,
17facsimile, or any other method accepted by the receiving agency.

18(b) Completion of a United States Department of Agriculture
19Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Form 7001, known
20as the United States Interstate and International Certificate of
21Health Examination for Small Animals, shall satisfy the
22requirement of subdivision (a). A different form of canine health
23certificate acceptable to the receiving agency shall also satisfy the
24requirement of subdivision (a).

P3    1(c) It shall be the responsibility of persons importing dogs into
2this state for the purpose of resale or change of ownership to send
3the health certificate to the county health department where the
4dog is to be offered for sale or to the county of residence of the
5individual purchasing a dog directly from a source outside of
6California.

7(d) The receiving agency may use the information on the health
8certificate as it deems appropriate.

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121721.  

This chapter does not apply to a person who brings a
10dog into the statebegin delete for no longer than seven consecutive days in
11order to participate in a dog show or exhibition.end delete
begin insert that will not be
12offered for resale or if the ownership of the dog will not change.end insert

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121722.  

The agency that receives a form pursuant to Section
14121720 may charge a fee in a reasonable amount sufficient to cover
15the costs associated with receiving and processing a health
16certificate submitted to the agency pursuant to this chapter.

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SEC. 2.  

No reimbursement is required by this act pursuant to
18Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution because
19a local agency or school district has the authority to levy service
20charges, fees, or assessments sufficient to pay for the program or
21level of service mandated by this act, within the meaning of Section
2217556 of the Government Code.



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