A bill has been passed by the Illinois Legislature that would increase the instances in which an animal is seized on suspicion of cruelty. This may result in more Illinois dog owners losing their animals even if they are ultimately found not guilty or charges are dropped. The bill is being transmitted to the governor and action could be taken at any time.
AKC Government Relations is pleased to share the latest issue of our In Session Congressional newsletter, which is sent to members of Congress and staff. This issue highlights our Capitol Hill celebration of National Purebred Dog Day, which included a reception where members of Congress, staff and guests could meet purebred dogs representing each breed group –including German Shepherd Dog “Rumor”, the 2015 Winner of the AKC National Championship and the 2017 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.
AKC has learned that the Washoe County Commission (Nevada) is considering a proposal that would require anyone who wishes to own more than three dogs to apply for a variance permit and have their dogs sterilized.
It is imperative that all California residents contact the members of the Committee and their state senator and express opposition to AB 485, which is scheduled for consideration by the State Senate Committee on Business, Professions, and Economic Development on Monday, July 17. The bill seeks to prohibit pet retailers from selling pets (including dogs, cats and rabbits) unless the animals were obtained from a public animal control agency or shelter, a shelter maintained by a society for the prevention of cruelty to animals, a humane society shelter, or a nonprofit rescue or adoption organization. AKC emphatically supports freedom of choice in selecting a pet, and opposes any measure that restricts choice by compelling people and/or retailers to obtain pets solely from shelter or rescue distributors.
The Massachusetts’ General Court’s Joint Judiciary Committee is scheduled to consider two bills of great concern to the American Kennel Club at its Tuesday, July 18, hearing. H.2290 seeks to change the legal status of pets from personal property to companion animals, while H.852 seeks to establish an animal abuse registry and impose certain additional duties upon breeders to comply with the provisions of the bill. All concerned Massachusetts residents are strongly encouraged to contact the members of the Joint Judiciary Committee and urge them to oppose H.2290 and to oppose H.852 as currently written.
Yesterday the Illinois House rushed a final approval of a measure that would increase the instances in which an animal is seized on suspicion of cruelty.
A bill is quickly advancing through the Illinois House of Representatives that would increase the instances in which an animal is seized on suspicion of cruelty. This may result in more Illinois dog owners losing their animals even if they are ultimately found not guilty or charges are dropped.
The USDA has announced that revisions have been made to its Inspection Guide to provide clarification to USDA inspectors.
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