2016 Maryland Code
Criminal Law
Title 10 - Crimes Against Public Health, Conduct, and Sensibilities
Subtitle 6 - Crimes Relating to Animals
§ 10-613. Sale of puppy or kitten

MD Crim Law Code § 10-613 (2016) What's This?

(a) Scope of section. -- This section does not apply to:

(1) a biomedical facility that is licensed by the United States Department of Agriculture; or

(2) an animal that is accompanied by a signed statement from a licensed veterinarian stating that the animal's dam is incapacitated for humane or medical reasons and cannot care for the animal.

(b) Prohibited. --

(1) Except as provided in paragraph (2) of this subsection, a person may not sell or distribute in the State or bring into the State for the purpose of sale or distribution a domestic dog or cat less than 8 weeks of age unless accompanied by its dam.

(2) A person may give an unaccompanied dog or cat to:

(i) an animal shelter or pound that is operated or supported by a government; or

(ii) a humane society.

(c) Penalty. --

(1) A person who violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor and on conviction is subject to a fine not exceeding $ 500.

(2) For purposes of humane disposal, a court may seize an animal brought into this State in violation of this section.

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