The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors has scheduled a hearing for October 20 on a proposal that would, among other provisions, prohibit tethering a dog for more than 1 hour cumulatively a day – with no exceptions.
The U.S Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has released additional guidance in a Question and Answer format to assist pet breeders, brokers, adoption organizations, importers, transporters and other groups who may be subject to licensing under the federal Animal Welfare Act.
The Hempstead Town Board is continuing to debate a proposal that would regulate breeders, pet sellers, and mandate the sterilization of dogs prior to sale- even if they are only 8 weeks old. Residents of the Town of Hempstead are encouraged to contact the Hempstead Town Board as soon as possible and respectfully ask them to not pass any regulations that would negatively impact breeders, sellers and retailers who are raising and treating dogs in a humane manner.
A bill has passed two Michigan Senate committees that would prohibit local governments in the state from enacting or enforcing laws that focus solely on a dog’s breed. The AKC supports Senate Bill 239, which would ensure that local governments regulate dogs based on specific actions, rather than their appearance.
This week the North Carolina General Assembly approved the state budget for next year with no items that would negatively impact dog owners or breeders.
The Ulster County Legislature has made numerous changes to the proposal that would regulate dog breeders and sellers in the county, and a public hearing will be held in October. The Ulster County Legislature is demonstrating a willingness to listen to constituents on this proposal, and residents are encouraged to continue contacting the legislators to thank them for the positive changes that have been made and express concerns with portions of the resolution as currentlywritten.
The Ulster County Legislature has decided to not proceed with a vote on an ordinance that would have regulated breeders and imposed kennel requirements that were not in the best interest of dogs. The AKC was pleased to assist the efforts of local clubs and hobbyists who worked tirelessly to educate the legislature on the many problems with the proposal and the importance of supporting responsible dog owners and breeders.
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