Kennels Law and Legal Definition

A kennel is a shelter for the breeding or boarding of dogs and cats. A kennel owner is a person, partnership, firm, company, or corporation professionally engaged in the business of sheltering or breeding cats or dogs for boarding, breeding, sale, training, hunting, companionship, or other purposes. State laws, which vary by state, govern the operation of kennels and typically require licensing and inspections.

The following is an example of a state law governing kennels:

"Kennel registration.

Every owner of a kennel of dogs shall, in like manner as provided in section 955.01 of the Revised Code, make application for the registration of such kennel, and pay to the county auditor a registration fee of ten dollars for each such kennel, unless a greater fee has been established under section 955.14 of the Revised Code. If such application is not filed and the fee paid, on or before the thirty-first day of January of each year, the auditor shall assess a penalty in an amount equal to the registration fee upon the owner of such kennel. The payment of such kennel registration fee shall entitle the licensee to not more than five tags, to bear consecutive numbers and to be issued in like manner and have like effect when worn by any dog owned in good faith by such licensee as the tags provided for in section 955.08 of the Revised Code. Upon application to the county auditor, additional tags, in excess of the five tags, may be issued upon payment of an additional fee of one dollar per tag."