The Guilford County (NC) Commission is holding a public hearing on Thursday, September 21, on a proposal that would require cat and dog owners to spay/neuter their dogs by the age of 6 months or pay a $200 fee for an intact animal permit. The proposal offer a few exceptions, however AKC believes that the decision of when and whether to spay or neuter a dog is one that should be made by a dog’s owner in conjunction with their veterinarian, not as the result of arbitrary laws.
AB 485 will be sent to Governor Jerry Brown for his signature or veto upon the Assembly’s agreement to include the Senate’s amendments in the proposal. It is important that all concerned California residents contact Gov. Brown and urge him to veto AB 485.
The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Animal Industry, announced the temporary suspension of the state’s intrastate (within the state) movement requirements for the transportation of animals from areas expected to be impacted by Hurricane Irma.
In addition to bills to be considered by the Joint Judiciary Committee, the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources, and Agriculture is also scheduled to consider several dog-related bills on Tuesday, September 12.
The Joint Judiciary Committee of the Massachusetts General Court is scheduled to consider four dog-related bills at its upcoming hearing on Tuesday, September 12, 2017.
In light of the terrible flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey currently affecting southeast Texas, here is a brief review of Texas’ and neighboring Louisiana’s disaster preparedness laws as they impact household pets.
AKC Government Relations just learned that California Assembly Bill 485 is scheduled for consideration and possible vote by the California Senate on Monday, August 28. Because this may be the last chance to express opposition to the bill, it is imperative that concerned Californians contact their state senators and express opposition to the proposal now.
Due to a number of changes on the Governor’s staff, House Bill 2810 is still sitting idle. This bill would increase the instances where an animal is seized on suspicion of cruelty and may result in more Illinois dog owners losing their pets even if they are ultimately found not guilty.
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