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SECTION 400
Definitions
Agriculture & Markets (AGM) CHAPTER 69, ARTICLE 26-A
§ 400. Definitions. As used in this article:

1. "Animal" means a dog or a cat.

2. "Consumer" means any individual purchasing an animal from a pet
dealer. A pet dealer shall not be considered a consumer.

3. "Person" means any individual, corporation, partnership,
association, municipality, or other legal entity.

4. "Pet Dealer" means any person who engages in the sale or offering
for sale of more than nine animals per year for profit to the public.
Such definition shall include breeders who sell or offer to sell
animals; provided that it shall not include the following:

(a) Any breeder who sells or offers to sell directly to the consumer
fewer than twenty-five animals per year that are born and raised on the
breeder's residential premises;

(b) Any municipal pound or shelter dedicated to the care of unwanted
animals which makes such animals available for adoption whether or not a
fee for such adoption is charged, established and maintained pursuant to
subdivision one of section one hundred fourteen of this chapter; and

(c) Any duly incorporated society for the prevention of cruelty to
animals, duly incorporated humane society, duly incorporated animal
protective association or other duly incorporated animal adoption or
animal rescue organization dedicated to the care of unwanted animals
which makes such animals available for adoption whether or not a fee for
such adoption is charged that is exempt from taxes pursuant to paragraph
(3) of subsection (c) of section 501 of the federal Internal Revenue
Code, 26 U.S.C. 501, or any subsequent corresponding sections of the
federal Internal Revenue Code, as from time to time amended, that is
registered with the department pursuant to section four hundred eight of
this article.