Government Relations

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.

The New York Assembly has approved a bill that would allow victims of domestic violence to bring their service or therapy dogs with them if they need to go to an emergency shelter. Its companion bill, Senate Bill 5372, was recently approved by a Senate committee and will likely be considered by the full Senate soon. NY residents are encouraged to contact their State Senator and ask them to support Senate Bill 5372.

The New York Assembly Agriculture Committee is considering a bill tomorrow (Tuesday, June 9) that would make some changes and clarifications to the laws regarding hunting dogs. Under the provisions of this bill, a hunting dog may be deemed to be under the control of its owner and not be considered to be at-large if certain requirements are met.

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