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                         Laws of Minnesota 1988 

                        CHAPTER 537-S.F.No. 2191 
           An act relating to animals; modifying regulations of 
          kennels and dealers of certain animals used for 
          research purposes; amending Minnesota Statutes 1987 
          Supplement, sections 347.31, subdivision 4; and 347.37.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA: 
    Section 1.  Minnesota Statutes 1987 Supplement, section 
347.31, subdivision 4, is amended to read:  
    Subd. 4.  [DEALER.] "Dealer" means a public or private 
agency, person, society, or corporation that is licensed or is 
required to be licensed as a "Class B dealer" under United 
States Code, title 7, sections 2131 to 2155, as amended through 
December 31, 1986, who sells or transfers dogs or cats to 
institutions or to other dealers who sell or transfer to 
institutions. 
    Sec. 2.  Minnesota Statutes 1987 Supplement, section 
347.37, is amended to read:  
    347.37 [PUBLIC ACCESS; NOTICE; INSPECTION; ENFORCEMENT.] 
    The board of animal health shall cause to be inspected from 
time to time all kennels and dealers licensed hereunder and all 
records required by sections 347.31 to 347.40 to be kept by the 
licensees. 
    Any duly authorized agent of the board, any sheriff, or 
sheriff's deputy, or police officer, or humane agent appointed 
pursuant to section 343.01 is granted the power and the 
authority to enter upon the premises of any kennel or dealer at 
any time during the daylight hours for the purposes herein set 
forth, and for the purposes of inspecting the compliance with 
the provisions of sections 346.55, 347.31 to 347.40 and the 
rules issued pursuant thereto, and for the purposes of enforcing 
sections 346.55, or 347.31 to 347.40; except that humane agents 
shall not enter upon the premises of a licensed veterinarian 
acting as a kennel. 
    Each kennel and dealer shall post a conspicuous notice in a 
format no less than 24 by 36 inches and easily readable by the 
general public, that states: (1) that the person is a licensed 
kennel or dealer in dogs and cats; (2) that dogs and cats left 
with the kennel or dealer may be used for research purposes; and 
(3) the hours the kennel or dealer is open to the public.  The 
notice must be placed in at least two locations on the premises, 
one of which must be on or near the exterior mail delivery point 
and one of which must be at the regularly used point of exchange 
of dogs and cats.  A person may view dogs and cats in the 
custody of a kennel or dealer during the time the premises is 
open to the public.  Dealers and kennels are required to be open 
to the public on a regular basis at least four hours between 
7:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. on at least four of the seven days of 
each week including at least one Saturday or Sunday.  Any 
advertisement placed by a kennel or dealer seeking dogs or cats 
must inform the public that dogs and cats brought to the kennel 
or dealer may be used for research purposes. 
    Approved April 14, 1988