Government Relations

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.

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.

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