The North Carolina Senate is expected to vote on a bill on July 29 that would allow law enforcement in Raleigh and cities and towns in Mecklenburg County the opportunity to adopt the animals they worked with, once those animals have retired from service.
Dog lovers all over the US have reason to celebrate news from the NAIA, which reported recently that the number of dogs entering US shelters has dropped significantly over the past few decades to new lows. Digging deeper into the matter, NAIA also learned that only about three percent of dogs in our country’s shelters are purebreds.
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 New York Legislature has adjourned and will likely not reconvene until 2016. Prior to adjournment, three bills were passed that would directly impact dog owners. The bills must still be sent to the governor for his approval or veto.
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.”
AKC has learned that these ordinances have been pulled from the June 23rd agenda.
The Pennsylvania Senate Game and Fisheries Committee has approved Senate Bill 77, which would make several changes regarding dog training areas, including providing protections for dogs actively training or participating in field trials. The bill is now under consideration by the full Senate.
On June 23rd the Washoe County Board of Commissioners will be considering changes to their animal control ordinance that will define commercial animal establishments and commercial breeders. Two separate ordinances are proposed.
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