Pet Dealer Complaints


The NYS Pet Dealer Licensing Program began in 2001 and has two primary goals:

First, it strives to ensure that dogs and cats are properly cared for, have adequate and humane housing and receive veterinary care while kept by the pet dealers.

Second, it provides consumers purchasing dogs and cats from pet dealers with the information concerning the animals' health, medical history, and origin.

Who is a Pet Dealer?

Any person, firm corporation, partnership or other association who sells more than 9 dogs and/or cats per year directly to the public for profit are required to be licensed and inspected. 
Pet dealers must receive a satisfactory inspection by the NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets.

How Does a Person Report a Pet Dealer Complaint?

The Department reviews all written and identified requests expressing concern about the care, facility, operation, record keeping and other related areas of a pet dealer or potential pet dealers. Report complaints to:

New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets.
1 Winners Circle
Albany, New York 12235

Or Call
(518) 457-2728