On September 27, 2016, the Palm Beach Board of County Commissioners will conduct a public hearing and final vote on proposed amendments to the animal control ordinance. Although the proposed ordinance includes some positive provisions, certain definitions and amendments are unclear as to their meaning and interpretation, and therefore could have a negative impact on responsible hobby breeders and pet owners.
The Santa Fe County Commission will hold a second public hearing on a proposal that would impact county dog owners and fanciers. It is imperative that they continue to hear from responsible dog owners, breeders, and fanciers that reside or participate in events in Santa Fe County.
The Michigan House Judiciary Committee is scheduled to consider Senate Bill 566 on Tuesday, September 13, which would allow private citizens to remove an animal or minor from a vehicle if they believe that the animal’s health or safety is in danger.
The Santa Fe County Commission is holding the first of two public hearings on Tuesday, September 13, on a proposal that would impact all dog owners residing or participating in events in the county. Those who reside or participate in events in the county are strongly encouraged to contact the committee, and if possible, attend the September 13 hearing.
The Michigan House Local Government Committee will be considering a bill on Wednesday, September 7, that will prohibit municipalities from enacting breed-specific laws. The AKC supports Senate Bill 239, which protects the rights of dog owners while still allowing localities to enact policies that will protect the community.
AKC Government Relations has just learned that the recently-formed Ouachita Parish Animal Shelter Citizens’ Advisory Committee will consider mandatory spay/neuter and breeder licensing recommendations at its meeting tonight.
Today, the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) published proposed updates to its regulations to make them consistent with existing requirements under the federal Animal Welfare Act AWA). These rules do not represent a change in current USDA policy regarding licensing.
The AKC agrees that no person or animal should ever be left in a situation where their health or safety is in danger. Those who would leave them in such a situation – including a vehicle – should be held accountable. However, as currently written, Assembly Bill 797 could lead to lost dogs, property damage, and other unintended consequences.
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