(a) The State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners, hereinafter called the board, shall adopt rules providing for the issuance of permits authorizing the purchase, possession, and use of sodium pentobarbital, sodium pentobarbital with lidocaine, or other similar agents at facilities approved by the board that are operated for the collection and care of stray, neglected, abandoned, or unwanted dogs and cats, or federally licensed wildlife rehabilitation centers, for the purpose of euthanizing injured, sick, or abandoned animals which are in their lawful possession. The rules shall set forth guidelines for the proper storage and handling of the substances and other provisions as may be necessary to ensure that these drugs are used solely for the purpose set forth in this section. The rules shall also provide for an application or inspection fee and an annual renewal fee.
(b) Any facility approved by the board that operates for the collection and care of stray, neglected, abandoned, or unwanted dogs and cats, or a federally licensed wildlife rehabilitation center may apply to the board for a permit to purchase, possess, and use sodium pentobarbital and sodium pentobarbital with lidocaine pursuant to subsection (a). Upon certification by the board that the applicant meets the qualifications set forth in the rules, a permit shall be issued.
(c) The board may revoke or suspend the permit upon a determination that the permittee is using the scheduled substances for any purpose other than that set forth in this section or if the permittee fails to follow the rules of the board regarding proper storage and handling of the substance.
Last modified: May 3, 2021