Local Issues: City, County, and Metropolitan

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, Dewey-Humboldt - The Dewey-Humboldt Town Council is considering several changes to the town’s animal control laws. Previous versions of this bill have included allowing animal control to sell any animal not claimed from the shelter within 72 hours and allowing them to seize any animal if it is perceived that the owner is in violation of any portion of the animal control laws. AKC GR and local clubs are working to communicate concerns to the council.

CT, 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. While several changes have already been made at the request of AKC, local clubs and constituents, a new revised proposal would still create 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.

IA, Johnston County – The AKC has learned that both Iowa City and Johnston County may be considering amending their animal control laws.  While it is believed the primary focus will be on exotic wild animals, officials have indicated that all laws need to be reviewed.  AKC is working with local clubs to monitor the actions in this region. 

ID, Bonneville County - A proposal currently pending with the Bonneville County Commissioners seeks to impose animal possession limits in unincorporated parts of the county based on zoning district. The proposal also includes a “grandfather” provision that allows all dogs currently in the county to remain, but requires owners to reduce the number of animals maintained on a premises to new limit levels when current animals become deceased or are sold.

NM, 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.

OH, Mansfield – The City of Mansfield is considering introducing a proposal to repeal the city’s breed-specific laws.  In 2012, the state overturned its breed-specific laws, but many cities still have BSL in place.  AKC is contacting the city in support of repealing this ordinance. 

PA, Philadelphia – The Standing Committee on Licenses and Inspections of the Philadelphia City Council currently has cognizance of Bill 160013, which would restrict pet retailers from selling dogs or cats unless such animals are sourced from shelters, rescues, or similar groups. The committee is expected to take up the proposal at an upcoming committee meeting. AKC GR will provide updates on this proposal as developments warrant.