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Sale of small animals; instructions on care
General Business (GBS) CHAPTER 20, ARTICLE 26
§ 391-t. Sale of small animals; instructions on care. 1. As used in
this section, a "small animal" shall mean any small mammal, excluding
dogs or cats, including but not limited to, hamsters, chinchillas,
guinea pigs, gerbils, rabbits, mice, rats, ferrets and any small
amphibians or reptiles, including but not limited to frogs, snakes and
lizards, but shall not include any small animals that are expressly sold
for the purpose of feeding other animals.

2. As used in this section, a "retailer" shall mean any person who
conducts a business of selling or offering for sale small animals at
retail for profit to the public.

3. Every retailer that sells small animals to the public, shall, at
the time of sale, deliver or provide digital access to the purchaser of
a small animal, written care recommendations for the class of small
animal being purchased, which recommendations shall: (a) include
generally accepted information intended for an inexperienced pet owner
on housing, equipment, sanitation, environment, feeding and watering,
handling, and veterinary care; and (b) have been created or published by
a reliable source including but not limited to: a state or national
professional veterinary association; an association established for the
preservation and care of any such small animal; or an association
representing pet retailers.

4. All retailers that sell small animals to the public shall maintain
a copy of the written care recommendations for each class of small
animal they sell, which shall be available for inspection by the
department of agriculture and markets.