Taking Command Newsletter

Local Issues: City, State and Metropolitan


April 2015

The AKC Government Relations Department is pleased to assist dog owners with canine legislation issues in their local communities, but we can't help unless we are aware of the proposal. Please contact us at (919) 816-3720 or doglaw@akc.org when new laws are discussed or introduced in your city or county. We will provide you with resources and tools to help defend the rights of dog owners and support responsible dog ownership in your community. 

Here are some examples of the local issues currently being addressed by AKC GR:

AZ, Yavapai County  Yavapai County proposed a 5-dog ownership limit, unless the owner obtains a “use permit” approved by the county.  The AKC sent out alerts to local clubs and breeders and encouraged them to attend the public meetings and contact the planning and zoning commission.  The commission has decided to table the proposal.  Local clubs and the AKC are still monitoring this, as well as another limit law being proposed in Dewey-Humboldt, AZ, a town in the county.   

CA, Long Beach  The Long Beach City Council has approved a mandatory spay/neuter ordinance. AKC GR sent letters opposing this proposal, issued legislative alerts, and worked with local fanciers to educate legislators about the ineffectiveness of mandatory spay/neuter laws. AKC has informed city officials that we will no longer consider Long Beach as a site for the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship which had previously been held there from 2006-2010. Read AKC’s Legislative Alert for this proposal.

IA, Bedford — The City of Bedford has proposed legislation that would expand the breed-specific laws already in city code.  Among other changes, the proposal would only allow “pit bulls” in the city if the dog is solely used as a guard dog.  AKC is working with local dog owners to address concerns this proposal, which is expected to be considered in May.

IN, Wayne County  Wayne County is considering kennel regulations that would include ownership limits and impose strict zoning requirements that could prevent hobbyists from breeding in their homes. No official draft has been released. AKC continues to closely monitor county actions on this issue.

NV, Washoe County  The Washoe County Board of Commissioners has held multiple public hearings regarding changes to the county’s animal control code. A revised draft is expected to come before the commission after January 1, 2015. Proposed changes include breeder licensing, dangerous dog updates, changing nuisance regulations and possible regulation of retail sales. Some of the changes will bring the county into compliance with new state laws but in some cases definitions are changed or expanded. AKC GR continues to closely monitor these hearings, and has issued a legislative alert to local clubs and parent clubs.

TN, Lebanon — A public meeting on city pet policy was held on April 20. According to local residents, proposals could include pet limits, regulations and fees, and persons with more than four cats and/or dogs could be required to purchase a kennel/breeder license and submit to inspections of their premises where pets are kept. City council staff reports that an ordinance has not been drafted at this time.