Arizona Update: House Bill 2375

The American Kennel Club is closely monitoring Arizona House Bill 2375, which seeks to ban the...

The American Kennel Club is closely monitoring Arizona House Bill 2375, which seeks to ban the ownership, sale, harboring, or transportation of "dangerous wildlife".

As introduced, HB 2375 would have defined all carnivores as "dangerous wildlife" with no exceptions, thereby banning Arizonans from owning and selling dogs in the state.  The bill, which passed the House Natural Resources & Rural Affairs Committee on February 22, has been amended to clarify that domestic animals are not dangerous wildlife and are exempted from the provisions of this bill.  The AKC remains opposed, however, to a provision that allows the Arizona Game and Fish Department to add to the list of species that qualify as dangerous wildlife at any time through the rule-making process.

Rep. Chad Campbell, sponsor of HB 2375, has assured the American Kennel Club Government Relations Department and stated publicly that he is working with all interested parties to ensure all concerns are addressed prior to the bill being voted on by the House of Representatives.

The AKC continues to closely monitor this legislation to ensure the rights of responsible dog owners are protected.  For more information on House Bill 2375, contact the AKC Government Relations Department at (919) 816-3720 or doglaw@akc.org.