AKC Dog Lovers, the official blog of the AKC, is a great source of news, stories, and information from the American Kennel
Some recent blog posts from the AKC Government Relations team are featured below.
New “Pet Shop” Legislation Sets Dangerous Precedent in Restricting Pet Ownership
Over the last year, AKC Government Relations has seen a rapid increase in the number of bills designed to restrict the sales of pets.
Most are being introduced at the local level —and nearly all are packaged as “anti-puppy mill” or “anti-pet shop” measures.
Sounds good, right?
Most of these measures are offered in cities where there are few local breeders, and almost all of the bills restrict how future pet owners can acquire a pet.
They limit the ability of pet owners to acquire an appropriate pet of their choice, fail to distinguish between hobby and commercial breeders or breeders and pet shops, and limit the ability of purchasers to take advantage of regulated sources of purpose-bred pets covered by consumer protection
This article appeared in the AKC Dog Lovers blog on May 16, 2014.
Building Consensus in a Hostile Urban Area
You might be surprised to hear that one of the most successful local breeder organizations in the country can be found in Los Angeles County, California.
Beyond the famous urban center of Los Angeles lie thousands of acres of farmland including approximately 150 boarding, showing, and breeding kennels.
The Southern California Kennel Owners and Breeders Association (SCKOBA) was initially formed in the face of a proposal from animal control that would have negatively impacted the kennels in the area.
The group has expanded both their membership and their mission over the years.
They have developed a strong working relationship with animal control and now with other agencies in the county.
This article appeared in the AKC Dog Lovers blog on May 2, 2014.
After Two Years of Limbo, Victory for Maryland Dogs
Dogs in Maryland won a victory earlier this month when Tracey v.
Solesky, a disastrous court ruling enacted in 2012, was finally overturned.
The original ruling, issued in April 2012, declared all “pit bulls” as inherently dangerous and held landlords liable for any actions caused by “pit bulls” on their property.
On reconsideration in August 2012, a Maryland Court of Appeals stated that the ruling did not apply to mixed breeds, but only “purebred pit bulls”.
Both the original ruling and the “clarification” created huge problems for “bully”-type dogs in
Maryland and their owners.
This article appeared in the AKC Dog Lovers blog on April 25, 2014.
Be Your Dog’s Best Friend and a Good Neighbor
Dog limit laws.
“No Dogs Allowed” signs at parks, lakes, and trails.
Have you ever considered what prompts such restrictions?
Often, laws and regulations that impact all dog owners are enacted in response to problems created by a handful of irresponsible owners and nuisance dogs.
This is one of the reasons that AKC expects all dog owners to be good neighbors and to know, understand and obey laws or rules that pertain to them.
This article appeared in the AKC Dog Lovers blog on April 17, 2014.
It Pays to Support AKC Dog Shows
There is no question that dogs have a positive impact on our lives, and as noted in last week’s blog post, participating or attending a dog show is a great way to learn about the right breed of dog for your family and the joys and
responsibilities of dog ownership.
But have you ever considered that there are even more far-reaching benefits of supporting responsible dog owners and local dog events? Dog shows and responsible dog ownership have a ripple effect that benefits a community’s residents, local
businesses, and overall economy.
This article appeared in the AKC Dog Lovers blog on April 4, 2014.