§ 405. Inspection of pet dealers. 1. The commissioner or his or her
authorized agents shall, at a minimum, make yearly inspections of pet
dealers' facilities to ensure compliance with the provisions of this
article and with the provisions of article thirty-five-D of the general
business law, except for those pet dealers who engage in the sale of
less than twenty-five animals in a year, in which case inspections shall
be made whenever in the discretion of the commissioner or his or her
authorized agents, a complaint warrants such investigation.
2. The commissioner may, pursuant to an agreement entered into with a
county or city delegate the authority to conduct inspections of pet
dealers and to respond to complaints concerning pet dealers to such
county or city where the pet dealer is located; provided however such
delegation of inspection authority shall only be permitted where the
commissioner has delegated his or her authority to issue licenses
pursuant to section four hundred three of this article.
3. Any person conducting an inspection of a pet dealer or responding
to a complaint concerning a pet dealer shall be specifically trained in
the proper care of cats and dogs and in the investigation and
identification of cruelty to animals.