Local/Other: Issues at the City, County, and Metropolitan Levels, and in U.S. Territories

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:

FL, Hillsborough County – The Hillsborough County Board of Commissioners voted to approve an ordinance that requires dog trainers to register with and dog training businesses to be licensed by the Pet Resources Department. The measure also establishes extensive recordkeeping requirements and other criteria for dog trainers. Certain dog training businesses and trainers appear to be exempted.  AKC issued a legislative alert regarding this measure, and will provide information about amendments, if any, that were enacted at the November 15 meeting.  AKC issued a legislative alert regarding this measure.

GA, Forsyth County – The Forsyth County Board of Commissioners held a public hearing on December 7 on a proposed ordinance that seeks to require “animal handler permits” for employees of grooming, training, boarding, and other broadly-defined “animal care facilities.” The proposal also seeks to restrict the court’s discretion regarding penalties for animal cruelty and neglect violations, and would further restrict humane tethering of dogs. The Board recommended changes to the ordinance, and a second public hearing will be held on January 4, 2018. Read AKC’s legislative alert on this issue.

IN, Boone County – The Boone County Board of Commissioners postponed a vote on a proposal that would have mandated the spaying and neutering of all dogs belonging to county residents by 2020. It also would have imposed strict tethering requirements that would not have allowed for the humane tethering at dog shows or field trials unless the tether was 12 feet long. AKC, its Indiana federation, and local clubs contacted the county to express concerns and continue to work with the board to provide better alternatives. The county expects a new proposal to be presented in the coming months.  Read more about the proposal here.

NV, Clark County – The Clark County Board of Commissioners considered a proposal that would restrict the sales of dogs and cats at pet stores to only those obtained from a shelter or rescue organization.  AKC issued a legislative alert on this proposal, which was deferred by the commission and may be reconsidered soon.