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USDA/APHIS RIN: 0579-AE35 Publication ID: Fall 2019 
Title: Animal Welfare; Amendments to Licensing Provisions and to Requirements for Dogs 

This rulemaking will amend the licensing requirements under the Animal Welfare Act regulations to promote compliance, reduce licensing fees, and strengthen existing safeguards that prevent individuals and businesses who have a history of noncompliance from obtaining a license or working with regulated animals. This action reduces regulatory burden with respect to licensing and more efficiently ensures licensees’ sustained compliance with the Act. This rulemaking strengthens the veterinary care and watering standards for regulated dogs to better align the regulations with the humane care and treatment standards set by the Animal Welfare Act.

Agency: Department of Agriculture(USDA)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: Regulatory 
CFR Citation: 9 CFR 1 to 3   
Legal Authority: 7 U.S.C. 2131 to 2159   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
ANPRM  08/24/2017  82 FR 40077   
ANPRM Comment Period End  10/23/2017 
ANPRM Comment Period Extended  10/23/2017  82 FR 48938   
ANPRM Comment Period Extended End  11/02/2017 
NPRM  03/22/2019  84 FR 10721   
NPRM Comment Period End  05/21/2019 
NPRM Comment Period Reopened  05/28/2019  84 FR 24403   
NPRM Comment Period Reopened End  06/05/2019  84 FR 24403   
Final Rule  07/00/2020 
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Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: Federal, Local, State 
Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Christine Jones
Chief of Staff, Animal Care
Department of Agriculture
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
4700 River Road, Unit 84,
Riverdale, MD 20737-1231
Phone:301 851-3730