Golden Retriever owners who have been looking to put their dogs out to pasture are in for a treat.
The Department of Agriculture (USDA) has updated the federal regulations for golden retrievers and golden retrieves in captivity to allow owners to release their dogs back into the wild.
The updated regulations require owners to provide them with a veterinary evaluation, a “diet plan,” a socialization plan and to post their dog on a registry.
The regulations also require owners of golden retrieved dogs to report their dogs to their local animal control agency, which can take action on behalf of the owner.
If owners have their dogs returned to their homes, they will have to comply with the new regulations.
The golden retrivene is the oldest dog breed, and its breed heritage dates back to the 1500s, when it was bred for hunting and trapping.
Its popularity has increased dramatically in recent decades, with a population that currently exceeds 1.5 million in the United States.
The American Golden Retrier Association (AGRA), a nonprofit that promotes golden retrieving and the sport of dogfighting, has worked with the Department of the Interior (DOI) to update the regulations.
Golden Retries are not just a pet of the U.S. military, the organization says.
They are also loved by Americans.
“Golden retrievers have been part of American life for over 1,000 years, and their presence has played a role in the history of our nation’s history, culture and economy,” said the association’s vice president, Dr. David L. Krumholz.
“They are the backbone of the American family, and we owe it to them to ensure that they have access to their rightful place in the wild and on the property of their rightful owners.”
It’s not just the government’s job to keep these dogs, either.
The agency has a role as well.
It is responsible for managing the federal government’s responsibilities for the welfare of these dogs and the public, according to a press release.
“The golden retrivers are protected under the U:H.I.R. (U.S.)
Animal Welfare Act,” said USDA Commissioner of Animal Welfare, Dr, Karen Paz.
“This act provides for the humane euthanasia of the dogs, but also establishes a number of other guidelines for how these animals are treated.”
Golden Retreivers in captivity can be released to their owners under a special “disease management plan,” which is a form of the golden retriver euthanasia program, according a release from DOI.
A “dismembered” golden retrive is “treated in a humane manner and returned to the owner.”
Owners of golden retrived dogs who do not follow the conditions set out in the guidelines will be placed on a “dog registry,” which includes a list of owners and an animal control agent, according the release.
The registry must be updated annually, and the animal control officer must visit the registry every three years to verify that all dogs have been removed.
Owners must notify the registry of any changes in their dog’s physical or mental condition, and they must submit to a veterinarian for a physical examination.
If a dog is declared dead, the dog is returned to its owner, according DOI.
Owners are also required to provide written information about the euthanasia procedure to the Department and to their state’s Department of Labor and Industries.
The Golden Retry’s popularity continues to grow, and DOI hopes to continue working with states and cities to further increase public awareness of the breed and encourage the adoption of other breeds.