Benjamin F. Kramer, Co-Chair (chosen by Senate President)
Kathleen M. Dumais, Co-Chair (chosen by House Speaker)

Appointed by Secretary of Agriculture: Charley Hall; Jeremy Krum, Esq.; Lisa Radov; Kerry Rod; Susan Sarubin; Jeff Shepherd; Kathleen Summers; Katie Withowski, D.V.M.; Sara Yassin; one vacancy.

Ex officio: Michael S. Steadman, Jr., designee of Attorney General; Steven A. Connelly, designee of Secretary of Agriculture.

Staff: Cassandra R. (Cassie) Shirk

[photo, Wayne A. Cawley, Jr. Building, 50 Harry S Truman Parkway, Annapolis, Maryland] c/o Legislation & Governmental Affairs Office
Department of Agriculture
Wayne A. Cawley, Jr. Building, 50 Harry S Truman Parkway, Annapolis, MD 21401 - 8960
(410) 841-5886
e-mail: cassie.shirk@maryland.gov
web: https://mda.maryland.gov/about_mda/Pages/taskforce-caninebreeding.aspx

Wayne A. Cawley, Jr. Building, 50 Harry S Truman Parkway, Annapolis, Maryland, June 2004. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.

In July 2021, the Task Force to Study Canine Breeding Facilities and Sourcing Standards was formed by the General Assembly ((Chapter 448, Acts of 2021).

The Task Force charge was to study dog breeding facilities and on-line sales of dogs through breeding facilities.

Achievements over the past twenty years in combating substandard breeding practices were reviewed by the Task Force, along with current efforts to address substandard canine breeding practices. Also, nongovernmental comprehensive standards for canine breeding were identified. Facilities in full compliance with such standards were visited by the Task Force to determine whether gaps existed between nongovernmental comprehensive standards and those of State and other governmental agencies.

The Task Force recommended ways to align State breeding standards with those set by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and any legislative action needed to meet those standards.

Authorization for the Task Force ended June 30, 2022.

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