Government Relations

A committee of Stamford, Connecticut’s Board of Representatives is currently considering changes to Chapter 111 of the City’s Code of Ordinances, which currently deals with “Dogs and Other Animals”. The changes include use of the term “guardian” to describe the relationship between dogs and their owners and requires breeders to acquire breeder permits. The American Kennel Club opposes portions of the ordinance as currently written, and encourages all dog owners in Stamford to contact the members of the Legislative and Rules Committee to express their concerns with the proposal.

The North Carolina General Assembly is currently developing a state budget for the coming fiscal year. A provision in the Senate version passed on June 18 would require that the general sales tax rate (currently 4.75%) be applied to gross receipts for a variety of services including grooming, boarding, training, veterinary services, or “providing other care for an animal.”

The Oregon State Senate is scheduled to vote on House Bill 3494 on Monday, June 15th and your opposition is needed! The measure will ban the practice of debarking unless it is medically necessary to treat an injury, illness, or congenital defect. This legislation restricts the rights of responsible dog owners to make viable, safe decisions on behalf of their pets in conjunction with their veterinarians.

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