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Pet food bill would support spay, neuter programs in NM

Casey Torres
January 22, 2019 06:40 PM

RIO RANCHO, N.M.— House Bill 53 would increase a current annual fee on dog and cat food manufacturers. The fees would help fund low-income spay and neuter programs throughout New Mexico.

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 The owner of Pet Food Gone Wild, Susana Vasquez, is worried about the impact the potential law would have on her business.

She said she has suppliers that are not big companies. Vasquez believes if the fee becomes too much for them, they won’t offer their products to New Mexico.

State Senator Jacob Candelaria, a Democrat, said manufacturers that have a gross revenue over $3 million dollars per year will have to pay the fee for each product line of pet food they register to the Department of Agriculture.

Incrementally over three years, the fee will reach $120 dollars by 2022, said Candelaria. According to the senator, the current annual fee is $2.

Candelaria said a hike in pet food products could happen if manufacturers choose to impose it on customers.

“The worst case scenario is you see a consumer spend an additional one or two dollars a year. Not per purchase, but in total. One or two dollars a year,” said Candelaria.

Candelaria said livestock feed and medicated food products are exempt.

The bill goes before a House committee Wednesday.

Track this bill during the 2019 legislative session

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