TaxBreeders Q&A

Backyard breeders operate in secrecy never disclosing their location and are notorious tax evaders. Deals are made in parking lots to avoid detection and arrest. Rarely will a backyard breeder give out their physical location or home address.

Since underground economy transactions are untaxed and unreported cash, the unsuspecting consumer is frequently duped with absolutely no recourse if the puppy is not healthy. This often results in veterinary bills in the thousands or euthanasia due to unforeseen and prohibitive costs.


This regulation not only requires tax but registration and proof of identity in order to advertise but more importantly it restricts accepting or running ads for the sale of animals on websites like Craigslist Facebook or other media. Quite unlike backyard breeders, there is very little likelihood that these sites would break the law Which would require large civil penalties.

The tax is certainly deterrent but much more importantly registration requires complete transparency location information proof of identity proof of veterinary care and express permission for animal control, zoning or law enforcement to inspect the facility or home where the pets are housed.

Permission to inspect facility by animal control, zoning or law enforcement. Proof of identity and location of animals being bred and sold. Proof of responsible Veterinary care.

It’s unlikely that any of them will comply due to required total transparency which These shady operators will find intrusive. The end result virtually all advertising for backyard breeder and puppy mill pets will cease to exist.

No tax and registration equal no ads. No ads equal no sales. No sales equal no profits making backyard breeding a burden to those who choose to breed.

The results could be an increase in pet adoptions at municipal facilities and or rescue organizations.

While it would be up to each Implementing authority, taxes as high as $500 per registration it could fund animal lifesaving initiatives, Improved animal control facilities and personnel.