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:

Georgia, Canton –  A proposed ordinance that would limit retail pet stores to selling dogs and cats from only animal shelters or rescue organizations is on the city council agenda for March 16.

Michigan, Grand Rapids – A proposal was introduced in Grand Rapids that would limit the number of dogs that can be kept in city limits.  The AKC understands this will be pulled from the agenda and the city will instead consider updating their regulations regarding cruelty and hoarding.  AKC and the Michigan Association for Pure-Bred Dogs continue to monitor the city’s actions on this issue. 

Ohio, St. Clairsville – The City of St. Clairsville is considering a proposal that would regulate “vicious dogs”, which it defines in part as Staffordshire Bull Terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers, American pit bull terriers, or any mixed breed that contains “as an element of its breeding” any of these breeds.  If there are any questions on breed identification, the determination will be whether a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association would identify the dog as one of these breeds.  Owners whose dogs are declared “vicious” must comply with numerous regulations, including keeping the dog on a leash no longer than 3 feet long when off the owner’s property and obtaining at least $300,000 of liability insurance.  AKC is working with local club members to oppose this proposal and provide more effective alternatives.  The council is expected to consider the measure on March 20.  Read more about the proposal.