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15.01.11.00.htm 15.01.11.00. Title 15 DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Subtitle 01 OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY Chapter 11 Animal Shelters ― Minimum Standards of Care Authority: Agriculture Article §2-1701 at seq. Annotated Code of Maryland
15.01.11.01.htm 15.01.11.01. 01 Purpose.. The purpose of this chapter is to set forth minimum standards of care for the following animal shelters that keep dogs and cats:A. A shelter that is owned by a county or municipality;. B. A shelter that a county or municipality contracts with for animal control services; or. C. A shelter that has received a grant from the Maryland Spay and Neuter Grants Program during the previous year.
15.01.11.02.htm 15.01.11.02. 02 Definitions.. A. In this chapter, the following terms have the meanings indicated.. B. Terms Defined.. 1) “Animal” means a dog or a cat that is kept temporarily or permanently at an animal shelter.. 2) “Animal enrichment” means providing an animal with social contact, mental stimulation, physical activity and other activities that allow the animal to demonstrate species typical behavior and enhanced well-being.3) “Animal shelter” or “shelter” means a physical
15.01.11.03.htm 15.01.11.03. 03 Animal Shelter Buildings.. The responsible individual shall ensure that the shelter is a safe, structurally sound, and sanitary building that meets the following standards:A. A shelter may not have any structural defects that could cause injury to animals or staff members handling animals;B. Surfaces in animal areas, such as floors, junctions, walls, doors, shall be made of nonporous material that can easily be C. Ceilings shall be kept in good condition without leaks;.
15.01.11.04.htm 15.01.11.04. 04 Primary Animal Enclosures.. A. The responsible individual shall ensure that any primary animal enclosure is structurally sound and maintained in a safe, working condition at all times; and that it enables animals to remain dry, clean, and shielded from extreme temperatures and weather conditions.B. A primary animal enclosure shall meet the following standards:. 1) A primary animal enclosure shall provide sufficient space to allow each animal, regardless of size, to:
15.01.11.05.htm 15.01.11.05. 05 Sanitation Practices.. The responsible individual shall ensure that the shelter building, primary animal enclosures, and all other areas where animals are kept are sanitary and regularly cleaned to reduce disease transmission among animals, protect public human health, increase animal comfort, and meet the following standards:A. All primary animal enclosures, food bowls, and water bowls shall be fully cleaned before a new animal is placed in enclosures;B. All animal bedding sha
15.01.11.06.htm 15.01.11.06. 06 Medical Standards.. The responsible individual shall ensure that all animals are monitored, assessed, examined, and treated for medical conditions in a timely manner as follows:A. A veterinarian shall supervise the medical care and medical treatment of all animals in an animal shelter;B. Any surgeries shall be performed in accordance with the Maryland Veterinary Practice Act and in a facility currently licensed and registered by the State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners;
15.01.11.07.htm 15.01.11.07. 07 Equipment.. A. The responsible individual shall ensure that anyone working with animals, including a volunteer, has the equipment necessary to handle all situations in a safe and humane manner, including the following:1) Adequate ear protection, gloves, and other safety equipment to all staff members who handle animals or clean cages; and2) Equipment that allows staff to restrain animals as humanely as possible while ensuring the safety of both the animal and the handler.
15.01.11.08.htm 15.01.11.08. 08 Record Keeping.. A. The responsible individual shall ensure that records are kept for each animal entering the shelter. Information shall include:1) The animal’s species and unique identification number;. 2) The estimated age of the animal;. 3) Date of entry into the shelter;. 4) Date and explanation of all treatments and medical procedures; and. 5) Final disposition (date and type). B. All shelters shall have active adoption programs with written protocols
15.01.11.09.htm 15.01.11.09. 09 Civil Penalty.. A. The Department may impose a civil penalty on a shelter that violates the requirements of this chapter or Agriculture Article, §2-1704, Annotated Code of Maryland, which requires shelters to adopt a written protocol for reclaiming animals, up to $500 for each violation.B. Before imposing any civil penalty under this chapter, the Department shall consider the following:1) The nature and gravity of each violation;. 2) The willfulness of the
15.01.11.9999.htm 15.01.11.9999. Administrative History Effective date: April 23, 2018 (45:8 Md. R. 422).
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