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.
Yesterday, AKC GR reported that Massachusetts Senate Bill 2370 was passed by the Senate with amendments. Since then, we have learned that the bill has been given a new bill number and descriptive title, and assigned to the House Ways and Means Committee.
A proposal is scheduled for a vote on July 5 by the Baltimore County Council that would prohibit dogs being used for hunting or training on county-owned property.
The Town of Huntington, New York, has scheduled a public hearing on proposed changes to the town’s animal laws. These include very broad definitions of when a dog would be considered “at large”, and outdoor tethering requirements that could actually harm dogs.
Massachusetts dog owners are strongly encouraged to respond by calling House Speaker Robert DeLeo and by contacting their member of the Massachusetts House and express any concerns they may have with the proposal.
New Jersey Senate Bill 63 has been placed on the agenda for a vote tomorrow, Thursday, June 30, in the New Jersey State Senate.
A significantly amended New Jersey Senate Bill 63 was approved late last week by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee. The bill could now be considered for a vote by the full Senate this Thursday, June 30.
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