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:

Connecticut, Stamford - A committee of Stamford’s Board of Representatives is considering proposed changes to the city’s animal ordinances, including the establishment of breeder permits. AKC continues to urge city residents to contact their representatives to express their concerns with the proposal. Read more about the Stamford proposal.

New Mexico, Taos County - The Taos County Board of Commissioners heard testimony on proposed changes to the animal control code, including mandatory spay/neuter provisions, burdensome licensing fees, leash requirements that could deem a dog to be “at-large” even when on its own property, and revisions to the limit law. The commissioners have deferred action on this item.

Puerto Rico - House Bill 2950 and Senate Bill 1631 would establish a 5-year moratorium on all pet sales and breeding in Puerto Rico, including a mandatory sterilization of all dogs in the Commonwealth. The stated goal is to address the issue of abandoned animals. AKC strongly opposes this proposal, and is sending information to legislators, alerting Puerto Rican fanciers and breeders, and working closely with Puerto Rican kennel clubs to provide more effective solutions. A public hearing was held, but no further action was taken prior to the legislature’s adjournment on June 25. There remains the possibility that this issue could be considered in a special session later this year. Read AKC’s alert and blog for more information on this bill. AKC continues working with clubs in the interim to promote more effective solutions for the Commonwealth.

Tennessee, Montgomery County The Montgomery County council is considering extensive changes to the county animal control ordinance. Among these are pet licensing with higher fees for unaltered dogs, breeder licensing, and restrictions on kenneling and tethering. The measure was discussed at the July council meeting and could be voted on at the August 8 meeting.